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Boy, 11, seriously injured after being mauled by dogs in Maplewood

A passerby fought the dogs off using an umbrella.

An 11-year-old boy was serious injured after being attacked – apparently unprovoked – by two dogs in Maplewood.

Maplewood Public Safety said the incident happened at a bus stop on the 1900 block of Price Avenue East around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and left the boy with serious but fortunately not life-threatening injuries.

The two dogs who attacked the boy, which have been described as pit bulls, have been euthanized at the request of the owner.

It's believed they came from a nearby residence, with one of the residents letting them into the back garden without realizing a gate was open.

A 72-year-old neighbor who witnessed the attack was also bitten as she tried to kick the dogs to get them away from the boy. Another passerby, a woman, eventually drove off the dogs using an umbrella.

The owner agreed to have the dogs destroyed after they were quarantined at the St. Paul Animal Control center.

"Police did not discover evidence suggesting the attack was provoked. Nor did evidence suggest the attack had been encouraged or orchestrated by any person," Maplewood Public Safety said.

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