Hero dog to reunite with military owner

3-year-old Lab flying to Spain after recovering from snakebite

Published On: Nov 28 2012 08:18:50 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 28 2012 01:57:20 PM EST
Dante the dog

A Central Florida dog got a hero's sendoff Wednesday and will soon be reunited with his owner, who's currently stationed overseas.

Dante, a 3-year-old black Labrador, has been recovering from a venomous snakebite he received while protecting his owner's mother-in-law. 

The woman says Dante grabbed the cottonmouth snake and tossed it aside, preventing it from attacking her, but the snake returned and bit Dante.

The dog was treated at Celebration Animal Clinic and Veterinary Health Associates before receiving life-saving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at SPCA Florida.

Dante's owner is U.S. Navy Commander Carl Eierle, who is currently stationed in Spain, with his wife.

Increased costs and flight restrictions caused Dante's flight to be Spain to be delayed, but he recently received health clearance and will soon be back with his owner.