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Water moccasin bites Pasco K9 searching Everglades for missing baby Andrew

Posted at 12:24 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 12:32:09-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A K9 in Pasco County is recovering after he was bitten by a water moccasin on Thursday while assisting the FBI in the search for missing baby Andrew in the Everglades.

The sheriff's office says K9 Phi received anti-venom and is currently being monitored. They added that his prognosis for recovery is good.

Phi was assisting the FBI in the search for Andrew Caballeiro, who went missing on Jan. 28. An Amber Alert was issued for the baby and his father after three women were found dead inside a house in South Florida.


The baby's father, 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro, was originally believed to be with the baby before authorities in Pasco County found his body with a gunshot wound. Deputies on scene believe the shooting was self-inflicted.

Police identified the victims as Andrew's mother Arlety Garcia Valdes, 40, grandmother Isabela Valdes, 60, and great-grandmother Lina Gonzalez, 84. Police suspect Ernesto Caballeiro murdered the women.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is requested to call 911 or (305) 471-8477.