Authorities: Rottweiler mauls, kills Fla. toddler

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2009 11:40 AM

Authorities say a Rottweiler attacked and killed a Florida toddler when the boy reached to pick up a cookie he had dropped.

Kevin Doll of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 20-month-old Dallas Walters was at his aunt's home during a party Saturday night. Doll says the dog attacked Dallas when the boy dropped a cookie and went to grab it.

Family members at the party managed to pry the dog off the child and then took him to a hospital. The boy later died.

Animal control has taken possession of the dog. Doll said Sunday that the incident is still under investigation, but appeared to be a "tragic accident."