16-year-old boy mauled to death by dogs in Texas backyard

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IRVING, Tx. (WCJB)-- A 16-year-old has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked by three dogs in the early hours of Saturday morning in Irving, Texas.

In an attempt to save the boy, police officers jumped the fence and attempted to get in between the boy and the dogs. The three dogs then turned their sights on the officers. One officer was bitten before they started firing their weapons at the animals.

One of the dogs was shot and later had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, and the other two were captured and taken to the Irving Animal Shelter.

The 16-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Irving Police Department said in a statement that the dogs were secure in their own backyard and the boy who was mauled did not live there.

The officer who was bitten was treated and released.