BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Police have shot a pack of pit bulls that mauled two people in the backyard of a Kern County home.

The attacks occurred Thursday after a man looking for his son entered the fenced property in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale and was confronted by three pit bulls. A neighbor heard the man scream, grabbed a shovel and rushed to the house.

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The Bakersfield Californian ( ) reports the woman was bit on the arms, legs and upper body. The man had less severe injuries. Both were expected to survive.

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When deputies arrived, they found the victims on the ground. They fired six shots, killing two pit bulls. The third was euthanized.

Neighbors tell the newspaper they never had a problem before with the dogs.

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