A vicious dog bite attack sent a 73-year-old woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The attack occurred in Hastings on Luther Beck Road just south of Jacksonville. Tammy Degoyler was attacked on her own property by two Rottweilers. When police arrived on the scene the dogs were acting aggressively to the police officers. The officers were forced to shoot the dogs in self-defense. One dog died at the scene the other dog was taken to the veterinarian. Days before this vicious dog attack Tammy Degoyler and her husband were on the local news. Sadly, the couple had battled a leaky roof since hurricane Matthew in 2016. After 4 years of mold, mildew and leaky roof problems they were finally in the process of getting a new roof. A local non-profit group had taken on the project. Tammy Degoyler was well aware of the dangerous dogs on her road and warned all of the roofers to watch out for the dog. Neighbors in the area had also experienced issues with the vicious dogs. Fortunately, Tammy Degoyler has pulled through the most critical hours. She will undergo physical therapy. She suffered deep lacerations to her back and arms from the dog bites. It sounds like Tammy did everything she could to protect herself and probably saved her own life by protecting her face and head. We are sad to know that a neighborhood was held hostage by vicious dogs escaping their fence and roaming the area. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a vicious dog call our office for a Free Consultation. If you have serious injuries our Personal Injury Attorneys can help you with legal issues and medical bills connected with a dog bitting incident.
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A vicious dog attack was fatal for a Jacksonville man Friday afternoon on the Eastside of town. A 60 year old man was found dead on the property of Franklin Street apartments. Police investigators believe a hole in a chain link fence allowed four dogs to escape from a home on Jessie Street into the area where the victim was found. "Dog on the Premises" signs are posted on the property but that does not release the owner of his responsibility to keep his dogs on his property. Florida has strict liability laws regarding dog bites. The owner of the dogs was located he reported his large dogs as mixed breeds. Neighbors report the dogs as aggressive lunging at the fence as they pass by. All four dogs were taken to Animal Care and Protection Services to be evaluated. Tragically the four dogs involved in this attack were kept at a home close to an apartment complex where families live. We are saddened by the loss of this man's life in a situation that was extremely dangerous for the community and could have been prevented. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigation into this tragedy is ongoing.