HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (WGFL) — A 2-year-old boy is dead and his grandmother is injured after Alachua County deputies say they were attacked by dogs in an enclosed back yard at a High Springs home this morning.
Deputies say they responded to 20915 NW 210th Avenue about 10:30 a.m. The woman was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies say their preliminary investigation shows the child and his grandmother went to the house to care for the dogs for family. They say the grandmother let two of the dogs out in the yard and went inside for a moment. When she came back out the child and dogs were gone. Deputies say she found the dogs mauling the child and was injured fighting them off.
Alachua County Animal Services seized six dogs from the home but later found only two of the dogs were involved. Animal Services Director Ed Williams says they believe one of the dogs was a neutered, male American bulldog/labrador retriever mix, while the other was a spayed, female American Staffordshire Terrier mix.
"The two that were involved in the attack were surrendered to us," Williams said. "They'll be held for 10 days rabies quarantine for the safety and welfare of grandmother who was also attacked in this incident. And so after the 10 days they'll be euthanized."
Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack. He said they have not had any recent animal calls at the home.
“It is a tragedy for the family that is involved we are responding with detectives with crime scene forensics personnel to find exactly what happened and move from there," Rhodenizer said.
Williams said the other four dogs were in clean cages and in good condition. They're being held as well pending the investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back as more information becomes available.