LAKELAND | Dante, a black lab, is a hero to his family and a minor celebrity at SPCA Florida in South Lakeland.
He's the first patient treated by the SPCA clinic's new hyperbaric oxygen equipment, which uses oxygen to speed wound healing.
Dante sustained his wounds — bites on his face and left leg — while saving Gudrun Mastriano, his temporary guardian, from a poisonous snake. They encountered the cottonmouth water moccasin at a park in Kissimmee, she told SPCA workers.
"It could have been me," Mastriano said. "Dante came in front of me and pulled the snake away."