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FOX 10 Exclusive: Pit bulls maul 7-year-old Buckeye boy

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -

A little boy is recovering in a hospital after being mauled by his neighbor's dogs.

In the attack, 7-year-old Paul Conley's ear was torn off and he was left with marks all over his body.

According to Paul's mother, Stephanie Payne, her 6-year-old son told her his brother was pulled over a neighboring home's backyard fence by the pit bulls. She ran over to the fence and looked over it to see the two dogs attacking her son.

"There's a pit bull on the side of his face and there's one with his arm in his mouth," recalled Stephanie.

"I was looking over the gate and there was a dog by the gate and I got afraid and it jumped and pulled me down," said Paul.

Stephanie and neighbors distracted the pit bulls any way they could -- even allowing the dogs bite their arms until police officers arrived at the scene near 219th Drive and Solano Drive.

Paul managed to get to safety on top a small dog house in the yard -- bleeding and wounded.

After authorities got the dogs under control, they rushed Paul to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"It's one of those things where you hear about it, but you never think it would happen to you," said Stephanie. "Especially when he's the most selfless kid in the world.  When we asked him..a friend of ours was like, 'we'll take care of those dogs,' and he looked up and said, 'No. I don't want you to go over there.  I don't want you to get bit.'"

Besides losing his left ear, Paul suffered 14 lacerations on his right arm, 16 lacerations on his left arm, 17 lacerations to his left leg and a severely mangled right ear. He faces a long road to recovery.

The dogs remain in the backyard of the home, which has a notice on it that the dogs have bitten someone. The owners haven't been home since.

Stephanie says her main concerns are to make sure her son gets through this ordeal and other children are not exposed to this danger. 

Paul remains hospitalized after undergoing two surgeries, since the attack which took place on Friday.

"Don't have time to be angry because I have to be strong for him. Deep down inside I'm angry, I'm angry these dogs are still in my backyard. I have other children at home. I'm angry these owners have yet to contact me to see if my son is alive or dead," says Stephanie.

Buckeye Police say there is no way the dogs could have jumped up and grabbed Paul Conley from the other side of the fence. Animal Care and Control will decide what will become of the dogs.

Video: FOX 10's Linda Williams reports.

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