MARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man is sharing his story days after, he stated, his newly adopted canine went on the attack, injuring him and killing his aged mom.

Joseph Varanese struggled to carry again tears whereas discussing the loss of life of his 84-year-old mom, Carolyn Varanese, at their dwelling within the space of Southwest First Avenue and 63rd Avenue in Margate, Thursday evening.

“This isn’t regular. She shouldn’t have died. My mother shouldn’t have misplaced her life due to this silly freaking animal,” he stated.

Varanese confirmed 7News punctures to his arm that he suffered throughout final Friday evening’s mauling,

“These are therapeutic now, however that is like — these are the worst. He dug into my muscle,” he stated.

Varanese stated he had not too long ago adopted Smokey, a 5-year-old pit bull combine, and the animal had solely been of their dwelling for about three weeks.

“That freaking canine, he simply blew up, man. He bit her within the ankle,” he stated.

Earlier than Friday, Varanese stated, Smokey didn’t present any indicators of aggression, however as he was serving to his aged mom to the toilet, the canine snapped.

“The canine began freaking out. I imply, it was like a scene, a wild animal on the Nationwide Geographic Channel, the place they’re ripping it,” he stated. “I simply couldn’t see or stand watching it, so I attempted every little thing.”

Varanese stated his mom had overcome a battle with most cancers, was wheelchair certain and on dialysis.

The animal assault was simply an excessive amount of for Carolyn’s frail physique. She was pronounced useless inside their dwelling.

Her son, in the meantime, spent the evening on the hospital.

“I acquired whiplash. I may need shoulder injury. I don’t know,” he stated.

Now Varanese has been left heartbroken and bruised.

He described his mom as a strong-willed and beneficiant one that he had been taking good care of for the previous 16 years.

“I might by no means, ever hurt my mother. We had a wonderful relationship,” he stated.

As he picks up the items, Varanese stated the guilt is sort of an excessive amount of to bear.

The grieving son stated he has siblings close to Orlando, in addition to a number of nieces and nephews, he’s nonetheless undecided what’s subsequent when it comes to planning funeral preparations as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve acquired to maintain all these items. That is onerous. It’s very onerous,” he stated. “No person must undergo stuff like this. No person.”

Smokey was turned over to Broward County Animal Companies.

On Friday morning, officers confirmed on the directive of Margate Animal Management, the canine was humanely euthanized.

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