- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Police say a woman tried to protect her young child from being mauled by two dogs in a Rio Rancho backyard, but they both suffered serious injuries.

The Police Department says in a news release Saturday that a 2-year-old boy was flown to a hospital and the woman went by ambulance, both with substantial injuries. Her 8-year-old child received a minor wound.

Officers responding to a disturbance heard screaming from a backyard, where they found two dogs biting a woman on the ground.

After shouting and other efforts to distract the animals failed, the officers opened fire to stop the attack. Police found the woman lying over the toddler in an attempt to shield him from the dogs.

No other details were immediately available.

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