PHOENIX – A Buckeye mother and son were taken to a hospital with serious injuries Thursday after two of the family’s dogs attacked them, authorities said.

The Buckeye Police Department said the woman called around 4 p.m. to report the dogs had bitten her and the son at their home near Southern Avenue and State Route 85.

Police said the woman warned them the dogs were aggressive and were fighting each other outside.

When two officers arrived at the scene, police said the dogs charged. Both officers fired at the animals, described as large mixed-breeds.

The officers each fired their weapons at least once, hitting at least one of the dogs, police said. The other dog also had injuries.

Officers eventually were able to get the dogs under control.

The woman and boy’s injuries were not life threatening, police said.

Employees with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control went to the home to take the dogs.