SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) -- A woman is on high alert after she says a six-foot-long rattlesnake nearly attacked her dog Friday.
20-year-old Willow Godshalk-Gross says she let her small dog out just before 10 a.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Mariposa Street.
According to the 20-year-old, the dog started running around when Willow noticed a snake. She quickly grabbed the dog and started running back inside.
Firefighters responded and found the massive red diamond rattlesnake cozying up net to some rocks near a fence line.
A firefighter was able to safely remove the snake with tongs. Crews say this rattlesnake is the largest they’ve ever seen.
After being fed and taken care of by a 3rd party, the snake will be released into the wild.