updated 2/2/2010 3:45:34 PM ET 2010-02-02T20:45:34

A pack of escaped dogs mauled three young siblings in California, leaving a 5-year-old girl in critical condition, authorities said Tuesday.

Police Sgt. Jeff Deckers said the dogs — a mastiff and four pit-bull mixes — escaped a Fontana backyard Monday afternoon and attacked a mother walking with her four children.

Deckers said the mastiff pulled the girl from her mother's hand and shook her violently. She has a punctured lung, broken ribs and bites and is on a ventilator.

Deckers said her brother, who's about 7, also was hospitalized after needing 237 staples to close a leg wound. The girl's sister, who's about 8, was treated for leg and arm injuries.

Deckers said an officer shot one of the dogs. The others were impounded and the owners could be ticketed.

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