A Georgia mail carrier for the United States Postal Service believes she was in the right place at the right time on her small overland route last week.
Holle Prigmore was delivering mail in Buchanan on Sept. 22 when she noticed a beagle she normally gave treats to that was startled by something in the grass.
When she went to see what it was, she noticed a snake and witnessed it biting the beagle in the back.
She said she realized it was a venomous copperhead because photos were shared on a Facebook snake identification group she belongs to.
After making sure where the dog lived, she went to the front door to alert the animal’s owners but received no response.
She then decided to go to the back of the house, where she discovered a doorbell camera that she believed someone was talking to her through.
When she again received no answer, she held up a note that said “Little Beagle bitten by copperhead” and took the dog to the Bremen veterinary clinic.
“I probably had her in a room within 30 seconds of her arriving,” Prigmore told FOX Business of the veterinarian who treated the pet and located her owner, Kelsey Proctor.
Proctor, identified by a local television station as a fourth-grade teacher who was at work at the time, shared the video and story about what happened to “Ginger” on Facebook.
“I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart,” Proctor wrote in the post originally asking for help identifying Prigmore.
The video went so viral that Prigmore received national attention.
“I am not interested in compensation. Anyone in my industry would have done the same thing,” said Prigmore, who has only been delivering mail since February 2022.
“Spay and neuter,” Prigmore suggested in an interview with FOX Business.
“That’s why we have so many friends on our routes, but we’re used to it. It’s just part of the job,” she added.
Prigmore has three pets of her own and hopes someone would do the same for them if the roles were reversed.
“The Postal Service is part of the fabric of the nation, and its employees make a difference in every community across the country. We are very proud of Holle Prigmore and her quick action that saved the life of a customer’s beloved pet,” a USPS spokeswoman said in a statement.