Mother, 2 Daughters Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack

| by Phyllis M Daugherty
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Three members of a North Texas family were attacked on Thursday evening by a Pit Bull they were dog sitting, according to the McKinney Police Department.

The attack occurred just before 6 p.m., while the woman and her two daughters were at the home in the 300 block of Kingsbury Drive. McKinney is located about 31 miles north of Dallas.

The dog was still attacking the mother when police arrived and they were forced to shoot it in order to save her, CBS-Local reports. Officials said that one daughter was also severely mauled.

Neighbors told reporters there was a lot of commotion and they heard a child screaming for help. One of the daughters ran out of the home bleeding, they said.

A 911 call was made by a neighbor and police responded immediately—one woman estimating the police presence at the scene was within 30 seconds. Emergency responders carried the mother and one young daughter from their home.

A second daughter was not bitten but was hurt trying to escape, according to NBC-FW.

Officers say the family was caring for a dog that belonged to a relative when the animal attacked them.

The woman and two children were transported by ambulance to Medical Center of McKinney, police said. 

A person described as a family friend told CBS- Local that the injuries are “bad,” but all are expected to recover.

The woman’s husband was reportedly at a movie theater at the time. It was not clear whether he is the father of the two girls.

Identities were withheld at this time, but CBS reports that one neighbor described the victims as “a really sweet family.”

Sources: NBC, The Scoop Blog, CBS / Photo Credit: WFAA