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Police said one child was killed and two others were injured in an attack involving three dogs Tuesday morning in Southwest Atlanta.
The attack happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday on Gideons Street. Police described the dogs involved in the attack as pit bulls that were not wearing collars.
Officers said Tuesday morning that they had identified the owners of the dogs. The dogs lived about a block away from the scene of the attack, according to police. It was not immediately clear whether the owners would face charges.
Officers described the boy who was killed as five or six years old. A girl who survived the attack was hospitalized Tuesday morning with critical injuries. A third child was treated and released from the hospital, according to police.
Witnesses saw the attack as it was happening, and one man intervened to try to protect the children. He came out with a baseball bat in an attempt to stop the mauling.
Others in the neighborhood came to the scene with knives, witnesses said. Other children in the area also tried to come to the aid of the victims, police told reporters.
Police remained on the scene of the attack for several hours, gathering evidence and talking with witnesses.