2 mauled by pit bulls, woman uses own body to try to protect girl, 8, dogs to be euthanized

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Two pit bulls will be euthanized after mauling an 8-year-old East Texas girl and a woman who used her body to try to protect the child.

Nacogdoches (na-kuh-DOH'-chihs) County Sheriff Jason Bridges said Wednesday that the dogs apparently escaped through a hole in a fence.

The two victims, whose names haven't been released, were in stable condition following Tuesday night's attack.

A woman who was nearby heard the attack and placed her body over the child to protect the girl, who was mauled while helping a neighbor youngster search for the loose dogs.

A man who lives nearby also heard the attack and used a baseball bat to stop the dogs. Officers seized both animals that Bridges says would be euthanized.

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