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Search is on for venomous cobra that bit dog in California

Cobra on the loose
Cobra on the loose
Los Angeles County Dept of Animal Control

Update 9/5/14: The snake has been captured in the area where it was last spotted; nobody has come forward to claim ownership as of yet.

According to Wednesday's KTLA News, authorities in a Thousand Oaks, California, neighborhood are scouring the area for a venomous cobra that bit a family's dog this week.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control issued a release advising that the white snake is believed to be a monocled cobra; the reptile was last spotted in the 1300 block of Rancho Lane.

According to Thursday's Fox News, the albino snake, which is described as "very dangerous and venomous," bit a Whippet named "Kiko," on Monday evening; the dog's owner did not report the bite, which took place within their fenced yard, until Tuesday.

Despite being bitten by a venomous snake, the dog is doing okay following the potentially deadly encounter.

The snake is believed to have possibly escaped from someone's home where it was likely kept as a pet - albeit an illegal pet.

The Department of Animal Care and Control has advised residents to stay away from the snake if they spot it. The department posted:

It is vitally important for families to closely supervise children and instruct them to avoid any snakes, as well as playing in and around animal burrows, pipes and culverts where snakes may seek refuge.

If you see this snake, please CALL 911 and alert the Department of Animal Care and Control or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife immediately:

Los Angeles County Agoura Animal Care Center: (818) 991-0071
California Department of Fish and Wildlife: (909) 899-0659

Though the snake can be active at any point of time during the day, it is most likely to be moving around when the temperatures are cooler.

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