SAN DIEGO – A possibly deadly snake what bit a dog and had been on the loose in a Los Angeles neighborhood was caught Thursday.
The “venomous” albino monocle cobra eluded animal control officials and residents near the 1300 block of Rancho Lane since earlier in the week, according to County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control officials.
Animal control officers were first notified of the cobra when the owner of a dog took the pet to a veterinarian and discovered the bit marks were from the snake. The dog survived and returned home.
It was not immediately known who owned the snake, but officials said they would look into the matter once they captured the cobra.
During the search for the possibly poisonous snake, families were told to instruct children to avoid all snakes, and not to let kids play near animal burrows, pipes and culverts where the reptiles may hide.
Residents were also being warned not to approach or handle the cobra, which will strike if cornered, according to the news release.
Cobras are usually most active during morning or evening hours when it’s cooler, but they can be active any time of day, officials said.