NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office are investigating a brutal pit bull attack Tuesday night that resulted in an 8-year-old girl and an elderly woman being sent to the hospital for dog-bite injuries.
"They attacked her and they didn't stop attacking her," said Sheriff Jason Bridges.
According to a press release, NCSO deputies and the Pct. 1 Constable's Office were dispatched to County Road 8114 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night in reference to a dog attack.
Bridges said the two dogs apparently escaped through a hole in a back yard fence.
Another child who lived in the subdivision asked the victim to help her look for her lost dogs. The two girls split up at some point during the search.
The press release stated that the victim was standing on CR 8113 when the two pit bull dogs came running up to her and started jumping on her. Both dogs started attacking the little girl after she tried to run away from them and fell down.
"The dogs viewed that as something else, I guess and it triggered something in them," Bridges said.
An elderly woman, the dogs' owner's mother, heard the attack taking place, ran out of her home, and laid on top of the child in an effort to protect her. However, the two dogs continued their attack, according to the press release, biting both the woman and the child.
Another neighbor heard the attack and came to their rescue. The man had to use a baseball bat to beat the dogs away from the two victims.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and Nacogdoches Animal Control picked up both of the dogs that were involved in the attack. The owner of the dogs voluntarily surrendered the animals to the sheriff's office.
The girl and the elderly woman were transported to a Nacogdoches hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Bridges said that both dogs will be put down.
"We can only go by what the state law is," Bridges said. "They have voluntarily surrendered these dogs to us so at this point since they did that that dogs will be put down and they will not be back out there."
Bridges said an attack like this on a young child can have scars that last a lifetime.
"This girl will probably carry this with her the rest of her life," Bridges said. "She's going to have some injuries that may last her, but emotionally, that's something you won't ever forget.">