SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Erin Larkins and her son are recovering after being mauled by three Pit Bull mixes.
The 9-year-old boy was playing with the dogs at a house they were visiting, when officers say the dogs turned on him.
Police say Larkins tried to help her son, and so did Demelon Clayton, who was also attacked.
Larkins and her son were flown to Dallas area hospitals.
The 9-year-old has bites to his thigh and shoulder.
Larkins has serious arm injuries that inbestigators say will need extensive surgery..
The dog owner was given a vicious animal citation, but he said that his dogs are not vicious.
Clayton has been released from the hospital.