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A mother was forced stabbed one of her grandmother’s pit bulls to death as it mauled her one-year-old daughter on the floor of their Los Angeles home. 

Baby Ruby Cervantes was set upon by both of her grandmother’s dogs in Pico Rivera on Sunday night. 

The family told NBC LA the three-year-old hounds, named Butch and Raider, had never exhibited aggressive behavior prior to the shocking incident, and had been let inside for a bath when one of the dogs suddenly went for Ruby.

‘It was very scary, I thought my daughter was going to die,’ mother Jamie Morales told CBS LA.

‘I felt helpless. Me being helpless, and me not knowing what to do. The only thought in my mind was I had to kill him, I had to.’

Triggered by the baby’s screams, the other dog quickly snarled into a frenzy and began tearing at the infant’s limbs.

Several family members desperately tried to pry the dogs’ jaws off the infant to no avail – leaving Jamie with no choice but to grab a knife and violently stab the animals.

Baby Ruby Cervantes was set upon by both of her grandmother's pit bulls in Pico Rivera on Sunday night

Baby Ruby Cervantes was set upon by both of her grandmother's pit bulls in Pico Rivera on Sunday night

Baby Ruby Cervantes was set upon by both of her grandmother’s pit bulls in Pico Rivera on Sunday night

The family told NBC LA the two three-year-old hounds, named Butch and Raider, had never exhibited aggressive behavior prior to the shocking incident

The family told NBC LA the two three-year-old hounds, named Butch and Raider, had never exhibited aggressive behavior prior to the shocking incident

The family told NBC LA the two three-year-old hounds, named Butch and Raider, had never exhibited aggressive behavior prior to the shocking incident

Ruby sustained a broken hip and several lacerations to her shoulder and head in the attack, but underwent a successful operation at LAC+USC Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.

One pit bull died at the scene from the stab wounds, while the other was taken by Los Angeles County Animal Care to be put down.

Ruby’s grandmother Margaret Morales said she was woken up by the screaming and hared downstairs to find the pit bulls tearing at the baby, as her adult children attempted to pull them away.

‘I walked into the kitchen and that’s when I (saw)… my two daughters and my son on the floor trying to get the dogs off,’ she told ABC7.

‘I (saw) the dog was latched on her left leg. That’s when I had to actually get my hand into his jaws and open them up and that’s when he released her.’

Several members of the family sustained injuries as they tried in vain to stop the attack, before Jamie resorted to using the blade.

Police are pictured outside the property on Sunday night following the incident

Police are pictured outside the property on Sunday night following the incident

Police are pictured outside the property on Sunday night following the incident

Jamie endured multiple facial injuries after one dog turned on her, savagely biting her cheek and lip.

Jamie’s sister – Ruby’s aunt – also suffered bite injuries, and grandmother Margaret had to have several stitches after one dog clamped down on her hand as she tried to force its jaws open and away from Ruby. 

The family told local news crews they were shocked by the attack, as the dogs had come from the same litter, had been with the family since they were young puppies and had never been violent or aggressive. 

More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, with 800,000 of the victims requiring medical attention, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

Across studies, 22.5 percent of reported dog bites – the highest percentage among breeds – were attributed to pit bulls, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. 

Source: Daily Mail

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