An 84-year-old woman was killed and her son was taken to hospital with serious injuries after they were attacked by their bull in their Margate home, a family friend said.
According to Margate Police, the accident happened at a house along Southwest 63rd Avenue and First Street, near State Road 7, just after 9:40 PM.
Caroline Varanez was announced dead at the scene, and her son, who was identified as 57-year-old Joseph Varanez, was taken to Northwest Medical Center.
Yusef has since been released.
The family friend, who introduced himself as Jimmy, said, “He banged him really well … the dog screwed him really well.”
Jimmy described what Joseph told him about the raid.
He said, “It’s like, ‘Oh, man, he went for her ankles, fell to the ground, and went down her throat.’
Jimmy said he took Joseph out of the hospital around 12:30 a.m.
He said, “I mean, his whole eye is broken, and his nose, here, his arm is all stained.”
Jimmy assured the dog was the pit bull, and according to its owner, the attack came out of nowhere.
He said, “Obviously his mother was there for five days with the dog and she had no problem.”
But for some reason, Jimmy said, the dogs ended up taking care of the elderly woman, and her son did everything he could to protect her, even using his mother’s wheelchair to beat the animal.
He started hitting the dog with the wheelchair. He was trying to save his mother, and the dog kept looking for her love. “
The dog is in the custody of Broward County Animal Control. They did not respond to 7News’ calls for comment.
The cause of the attack is still under investigation.