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Two toddlers critically injured in attack by aunt's Rottweilers

Two toddlers in Ohio were critically injured in an attack by their aunt’s three Rottweilers, according to local reports.

Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan said immediately following the Thursday attack family members took the dogs to a vet in Ashland, Ohio to be euthanized, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

The dogs will be tested for rabies by the Richland Health Department.

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The toddlers -- Kaitlyn O’Brien, 22 months, and Reagan O’Brien, 3 -- were flown to an Akron hospital, which said Friday it couldn’t release any information about them, the News Journal reported.

Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Lewis told the newspaper that the girls’ aunt, Sandra Lynn Kinstle, went on a walk with her two nieces and three Rottweilers -- a male and two females.

Reagan reportedly ran ahead, and the male Rottweiler, which weighed about 180 pounds, chased and attacked her. The other two dogs followed and then turned on Kaitlyn.

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The aunt then reportedly covered the girls with her body to stop the dogs and was injured. She was listed in fair condition at a Mansfield hospital Thursday.

Jordan said the owners reported having no previous problems with the dogs.

No charges were immediately filed. 

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