GAINESVILLE, Fla. (FOX 13) - Deputies in north Florida said a family's dogs killed a 2-year-old boy and seriously injured a woman in Gainesville.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said two dogs living in the home attacked the toddler around 10:30 a.m. Friday. The woman tried to save the child by fighting off the dogs, and sustained traumatic injuries in the process.
Paramedics rushed the woman to an area hospital, but the little boy died at the scene.
"This an incredible tragedy for the family involved," said Lt. Brett Rhodenizer in a statement. "Our investigation will ultimately determine the facts that led up to the attack, but no answers will ever make up for the loss of a child."
Deputies said the two dogs were seized by Alachua County Animal Services. Authorities did not identify the dogs' breeds. A crisis team is assisting the family, according to the sheriff's office.