Three pit bulls mauled a Texas teen to death while he was allegedly trespassing in an Irving homeowner's backyard, authorities said.
According to The Associated Press, Irving police responded to calls about a possible dog attack outside the Third Street home around 4:45 a.m. Saturday.
"The officers jumped the fence, put themselves between the victim and the dogs in an attempt to stop the attack," the department said in a news release. "The dogs attacked the officers, and they fired their duty weapons to protect themselves and the victim."
Attached is the updated media release regarding a dog attack that occurred yesterday. pic.twitter.com/GAHKWrItrH— Irving Police Dept. (@IrvingPD) August 11, 2019
One of the pit bulls was shot and later euthanized, the AP reported. The remaining two dogs are now at the Irving Animal Shelter, authorities said.
A dog bit one of the responding officers, who has been treated, police said.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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