Ms Wood said: “It was so scary. I feel terribly responsible, it was awful. The snake just came out of no-where, we didn’t even notice it because it was all curled up. At first we didn’t realise Boss had been bitten because there was no bite mark so we thought he had just stepped on the snake’s head.
“Then he started getting all woozy like he was going to sleep so we knew something was wrong. We just grabbed him rushed to the car and it wasn’t until he was seen by the vet that we knew he was poisoned and needed anti-venom.”
Ms Wood added: “We take the dog walking through there all the time and of course we know there is wildlife over there like foxes and badgers and things but it just doesn’t register that you should be on alert for snakes.
“I think warning signs should be put up maybe to make pet owners more aware and to be on their guard.“Elsewhere:
Kate, who lives with 16-year-old son Callum in Acorn Avenue, said: “This should never have been able to happen. The gates on the entrance to Walking Field Lane do not display any danger warning signs.
“There was obviously a hole in the fence that he was able to climb under and get on to the tracks.“
She added: “It should be impossible for anyone to get on to the track and our dog was not a small slim dog. I am really concerned that a child could get on to the track.”Sad events, but really, both could have been resolved by keeping your pets on leashes.