8-Year-Old Girl, Woman Mauled By 3 Dogs

Woman attacked while helping child escape

Police said an 8-year-old and her godmother were mauled by a pack of dogs in a rural part of Kaufman County on Monday afternoon.

Three dogs charged the 8-year-old girl at about 3:30 p.m. when she knocked on a neighbor's door, Mesquite police said. Family members said the dogs went for the girl's face, legs and arms.

A 54-year-old woman described as the girl's godmother saw the attack from the front porch of her home across a shared drive. The woman went to help the girl, and the dogs began to bite the woman, police said.

"My mom ran out there, jumped on Briana, trying to throw the dogs away," said the woman's son, Craig Conger. "She covered up Briana, and the dogs went to chewing on my mom."

The girl was able to escape fro the dogs, police said. The woman was able to get away from the dogs, and she called 911 from her home, police said.

She also called the child's uncle, who chased the dogs into the woods.

The child was airlifted to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. She got out of surgery late Monday night and was listed in good condition, family members said.

The child's godmother was taken to Parkland Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition on Monday night. She was bitten on her arms, legs, back and head.

"She's got a real bad laceration on her right arm," Conger said. "They might have to do a little bit of surgery -- plastic surgery -- on her arm."

Police described two of the dogs as Rottweilers and said the other dog was a pit bull mix.

Animal control took the dogs into custody Monday night. The animals will be quarantined until rabies tests can be conducted. Authorities said the dogs will be quarantined for up to 10 days or euthanized, depending on the situation.

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