Snake bite alert after Seaton dog dies

PUBLISHED: 10:10 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 08 May 2017

Snake bite victim Maisey

Snake bite victim Maisey


Owner’s warning after adder kills much loved pet spaniel

Dog walkers in East Devon are being warned to look out for snakes after a fatal adder attack in Seaton.

Springer spaniel Maisey died after she was bitten whilst walking along a roadside verge in New Beer Road.

Now the much-loved family pet’s devastated owners are urging people to be aware of the deadly danger that can lurk in long grass at this time of year.

Lisa Rawlings was looking after Maisey, aged 14, for her mum Margaret, 84, after the animal was recovering from a stroke.

While taking her for a walk she saw Maisey sniffing away happily on a grass verge. But the next day she and her mum noticed some very strange behaviour and saw a spot of blood from her underside.

“I thought it strange and maybe she had been cut by something, but we couldn’t see her skin because of her long fur so we took her to the vets. By then she was hardly breathing and they said there was nothing they could do - it was too late.

“Her undercarriage was black where the venom had stopped the blood from clotting - all over her belly. The poison stops the blood and oxygen getting to organs. She would have been in a lot of pain.”

Now Lisa, who lives in Cheltenham, has launched a social media campaign to warn other pet owners of the snake bite danger.

She said: “It is adder season with the warmer weather in May and they love grassy banks. If we can save just one little dog we will be so pleased. Losing Maisey was heart-breaking, especially as she had made such a remarkable recovery from her stroke, only to be bitten by an adder and die three days later.”

Other News Stories

The food villages of Singapore have inspired the new eating place on Exmouth seafront’s Queen’s Drive space.

Read more

Pupils from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School learned about the work of The Donkey Sanctuary and its history when the youngsters visited the charity’s Sidmouth headquarters.

Read more

Former pupils of Exmouth Community College recently held reunited to raise money for Hospiscare in memory of two school friends who died.

Read more

An Exmouth widow, whose husband recently died from cancer, has braved a head-shave in his memory and thanked the ‘brilliant’ Hospiscare staff who supported him in his last days.

Read more

Excitement is rising as the highest-flying charity event in the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District’s calendar is just weeks away.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Exmouth RNLI is on the lookout for more on volunteer tour guides to come forward.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Children at two Exmouth schools were visited by William and Harry recently – but not the one’s you might expect.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

One of the most controversial political figures in recent years is coming to Exmouth.

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

A family dynasty, which has farmed in Woodbury for more than 200 years, has won permission to build a third home on the site.

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

A couple of women who had become isolated by the tide on Exmouth beach used social media to alert emergency services.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather



max temp: 22°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications