Dogs shot, killed after attacking woman, child

Rio Rancho dog attack

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A dog attack ended in gunfire Saturday after police shot and killed two dogs as they attacked a Rio Rancho woman and a child.

According to dispatch officers responded to the 500 block of Nicklaus Drive SE around 3:15 Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters were already on scene when responding officers arrived. They heard screaming and yelling coming from the backyard so they climbed over the wall and saw two dogs attacking a woman who was lying over a 2-year-old boy, trying to shield him from the dogs.

Rio Rancho police say the officers tried to get the dogs to stop but were unable to.

Both victims sustained substantial injuries police say. The 2-year-old was airlifted to UNM Hospital and the woman was transported by ambulance. Police say an 8-year-old boy was also present during the attack and did receive a minor injury.

Police would not identify the breed of the dogs in the attack.

Rio Rancho police say the investigation is ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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