Created: 06/11/2014 5:09 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A 9-year-old Roswell boy is recovering at a Texas hospital after being mauled by three pit bulls.
And those dogs escaped, if you can believe it, from a rescue shelter.
A place of rescue became the scene of a brutal attack.
Three pit bulls escaped from their kennel and ran across the street where 9-year-old Colby Prince was feeding his horses.
The three pit bulls attacked him.
"I just saw the kid fighting for his life," said neighbor Rosalie Gray. “He was crying, I need help, I need help, I need help."
The only one who could hear him was Gray.
“So, I ran outside to see the boy, where he was, and he was hanging on the fence in the corrals and I asked him if he was okay, he said no, I said is your mom home, he said no, every question I asked him was no because he was so frightened," said Gray. “So, I told him hang in there, stay put and I dialed 911."
Gray says she tried to help him, but then the dogs began to turn on her.
She watched the boy fight for his life as she called police.
“They were mobbing him, he just crawled to the fence,” said Gray. “He pulled himself up as best as he could and I just kept hollering at him stay there, hang on there, don't move I'll help you get help."
That’s when the boy’s father intervened.
The boy's father who happens to be a Roswell police officer shot two of the pit bulls, they both died.
The third pit bull is in quarantine at a Roswell animal control.
The other 15 dogs from the rescue kennel were also taken.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there as the dogs were brought to animal control, and that’s where they are tonight.
The 9-year-old suffered bites on his neck, shoulders, and ears.
He is recovering at a Texas hospital.
“The dogs were just eating him alive," said Gray.
The two dogs that were shot will be tested for rabies.
The third dog will be monitored for the next ten days for symptoms, then be put down.