She found the big snake curled up in the dog’s outside kennel and her dog’s chain still hanging from its mouth.
She had chained her ‘possum-sized’ Chihuahua-Maltese cross inside the kennel, to stop it disturbing native wildlife. Therefore the dog couldn’t able to escape from the hungry python.
At present the snake is being cared by WIRES, a Northern Rivers wildlife rescue organization, who were called to the garden in Caniaba, New South Wales.
‘The lady was very sensible and realized that the python would strictly have looked at the dog as a food source,’ WIRES volunteer Sue Ulyatt told the Daily Mercury.
‘It’s usually the other way around – the snake comes off second best.
‘But in this case, because the dog was chained up, it couldn’t get away. It was also a very small dog, which is why this happened.’
She added: ‘[The owner] had actually done the right thing by chaining up her dog, because she lives in an area with wildlife. [She was] obviously very upset by the whole situation.‘If [the snake] doesn’t regurgitate the whole thing, then it will go into surgery and the chain will be removed.’
The snake, thought to be 50 years old, will be back to the wild once it has recovered.