- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Police say a mother and her young son remain hospitalized a day after being mauled by two dogs in a Rio Rancho backyard.

Rio Rancho police said Sunday that the 2-year-old boy remains in serious condition and his mother is listed as satisfactory.

Both suffered substantial injuries. The woman’s 8-year-old child received a minor wound.

Police say the children were playing in the sprinklers Saturday afternoon when one of the dogs attacked the 2-year-old and then the second dog joined in.

After shouting and other efforts to distract the animals failed, responding officers opened fire. They found the mother lying over the toddler in an attempt to shield him from the dogs.

Police say the dogs resided at the home and the victims were known to the animals.

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