Florida toddler killed, woman injured in dog attack

Alachua County deputies say 2 family dogs involved in attack


ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – A toddler was killed and a woman was injured in a dog attack Friday morning at a home near High Springs, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said. 

It happened about 10:30 a.m. at a home on Northwest 210th Avenue, just west of Interstate 75.

According to the Sheriff's Office, dogs living at the home attacked two family members -- a 2-year-old boy and a woman. Deputies said the 2-year-old died from his injuries at the house and the woman was taken to an area hospital with traumatic injuries. 

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office continue to investigate, though initial information indicates two dogs were involved in the attack on the family property and the injured woman fought them off, deputies said.

“This (is) an incredible tragedy for the family involved,” said Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, with the Sheriff's Office. “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.” 

The dogs involved were seized by Alachua County Animal Services, and members of the Alachua County Crisis Team have responded to assist the family. 

Officers with the neighboring High Springs and Alachua police departments also responded.

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