Athens Sheriff K-9 stable after suspected snake bite


ATHENS COUNTY — Athens County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Bora is in stable condition after a reported snake bite early Monday morning.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Monday, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office assisted Ohio State Patrol with a traffic accident near Dow Lake Dam on Route 50.

Deputy Joel Banks responded to the scene and deployed K9 Bora for a free-air sniff.

According to a news release, Deputy Banks advised that Bora immediately jumped into the suspect vehicle and then indicated a positive response to the presence of narcotics.

After her indication, Deputy Banks stated that Bora would not put any weight on her back leg and that he then carried her to his cruiser.

After observation, Banks noticed what appeared to be a snake bite on Bora’s leg.

Athens County 911 Dispatcher, Cale Lewis, was able to make contact with The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and orchestrated the transport of K9 Bora to the Franklin County line, where Deputy Banks was then escorted by the Columbus City Police.

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith states that “Dr. Patrick Satchell, from Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, advised my office this morning that Bora is doing quite well and her condition is stable. Dr. Satchell believes that Bora was in fact bitten by a snake and that Bora needs to be monitored closely for the next 48 hours.”

The suspect involved in this incident was arrested by Ohio State Patrol.

Staff Report