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Residents in Shock After Dogs Attack Kids

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LAS VEGAS -- Two kids are recovering after being mauled by two dogs. Police said the dogs were taken to the Animal Foundation Shelter to be placed under standard quarantine.

Neighbors say their heard screams on Wednesday around 5 p.m. on Abrams Avenue. Resident Pam Stewart was inside her home and came out to investigate. She said, two pit bull mastiffs were loose and terrorizing the neighborhood.

"They were screaming for help," Stewart said. "I saw the little girl lying on the ground with her face halfway off, and it just made me sick."

A friend of the 12-year-old victim said neighbors were able to beat one of the dogs away with a golf club.

"They scratched her and almost scratched her eye out. It was pretty bad," 10-year-old Bryan Esquival said.

Paramedics showed up and took the girl to the hospital, but the attack wasn't over.

Around the corner, a 5-year-old boy was also attacked. Blood stains on a driveway show how badly the boy was hurt. Witnesses said he had bites to his head, neck and ears. The boy was rushed to the hospital.

Neighbors are furious the dogs were loose.

Animal control officials said the dog's owner lives nearby, but no one was home around the time of the attack.

Both of the young victims are expected to recover.

"It hurts me, because the kids are always playing out here, and they never have any problems," Stewart said. "They should have had better restraints on their animals. They knew they were pits."

8 News NOW was told by the family of the 5-year-old boy that he was scheduled to be released from the hospital Thursday evening. The family of the 12-year-old could not be reached for comment.

So far, the owner of the two dogs has not been cited for the incident.

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