WAXHAW — A kindergartner at home on a day off from school was mauled to death Wednesday by two pit bulls that had prompted calls to police before, authorities said.
Makayla Woodard, a 5-year-old who attended Waxhaw Elementary School, died on the way to the hospital of injuries police officers described as "gruesome."
Her grandmother, 67-year-old Nancy Presson, tried to save Makayla, but the dogs turned on her in an attack that rattled the neighborhood and will probably bring charges against the dogs' owner. Presson had bites and scratches on her shoulder and arm, but was expected to survive.
A police officer who responded and arrived during the attack, pulled the dogs off Makayla and her grandmother and began treating the girl's wounds. The officer then shot one of the dogs as it charged toward the girl again. The second dog got away and was loose for two tense hours before police shot and killed it, too.
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