A child and his grandmother were seriously injured when a pair of pit bulls attacked them in a Colorado backyard on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident happened around 3:35 p.m. local time in the town of Golden, a former gold rush town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The Golden Police Department said they received a 911 call about a 12-year-old boy who was attacked by dogs but managed to escape and run to a neighbor.
“The young man was at a neighbor’s house, where he asked neighbors for help and emergency services were called,” police said in a statement Wednesday.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers found blood leading to the residence where the incident occurred. They entered the yard, where they saw two pit bulls attack an older woman, police said.
“During the rescue, Golden Police officers positioned themselves between the dogs and the victim,” police said. “Officers verbally challenged the two dogs and eventually used less-lethal tasers and shotguns in an attempt to create distance between the victim and the dogs.”
The officers tried several times to approach the victim, but the dogs surrounded the officers each time, according to the police.
“Additional officers arrived at the scene and were able to restrain the dogs while rescuing the victim from the backyard to wait for paramedics who were staged in the kitchen of the home,” police said.
The 89-year-old woman was immediately transported with serious injuries to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, about 10 miles southeast of Golden. Her grandson was transported with serious injuries to St. Anthony’s Hospital, but was eventually airlifted to Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora, about 15 miles east of Lakewood.
Police said the dogs involved in the attack were known to both victims. The animals “are currently confined and do not pose a threat to the public”, according to the police.
The incident is still under investigation.