A woman was killed by four American bulldog-mixes in Suwannee County in July.
Live Oak, FL - In July, the Lake City Reporter published a paywall article about a 67-year old woman, who was killed by four dogs while looking for her grandson. The attack occurred in the 12000 block of 233rd Road in Live Oak, according to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office. The victim, whose identity was not released, was unfamiliar with the dogs. "She got out looking for him and the dogs just attacked her for whatever reason, other than her being a stranger," Sheriff Sam St. John said.
The victim's body was discovered at approximately 4:30 pm, according to records we obtained from the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office in November. The site had several campers on it that people lived in. Her grandson stayed there from "time to time," St. John said. When the victim arrived at the site, her grandson was not present, nor was anyone who could control the dogs, described as American bulldog-mixes. No previous complaints about the dogs had been received, St. John said.
Investigators, one wearing an Axon body-worn camera, walked the suspected path the victim had taken after exiting her vehicle at the site. They observed "a pink ripped-up shirt with blood on the ground", a "pair of flip-flops on the ground," the keys to the car, and more. It is believed the victim went to the residence to find her grandson or someone who knew where he was. "It is suspected that as she exited the car, the dogs came out and attacked" the victim, states the incident report.
A Beware of Dogs sign was observed on the front gate of the site. Suwannee County Animal Control arrived and took custody of the four dogs. "Gypsy, Cane, Bo boy and Elzie" were surrendered by their owners, according to animal control records, and euthanized at the animal shelter on July 20. The 67-year old woman's cause of death is "exsanguination due to multiple dog bites and the manner of death is accident," according to an incident report from the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office.
The kennel cards for each dog were supplied in our records request, but each lacked an identification photograph. We were able to locate one of the dogs, "Gypsy," an adult female on the owner's Facebook page. The other three dogs were listed as "juveniles," which is between 6-months to 1 year old, according to researchers. Gypsy has a history of producing litters, according to social media posts by her owners. An October 2019 litter, apparently, paired Gypsy with a relative's blue pit bull.
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