Published: Oct 11, 2010 3:34 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 11, 2010 12:34 PM EDT

FLEMINGTON, Fla. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy and his 41-year-old aunt are hospitalized in central Florida after being attacked by a pair of Rottweilers.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Andres Ortiz and Laura Benedetti were attacked Friday while checking on the dogs, which belong to Benedetti's fiance.

Authorities say a neighbor heard the commotion and beat the dogs with his cane and sprayed them with bug repellent to get them away from the woman and the boy.

Benedetti was hospitalized Saturday in Gainesville in fair condition. The boy was in serious condition.

Marion County animal control officers have taken the dogs.