ROCKY POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island woman said her dog was attacked by pit bulls on a beach.

Elana Tsaregorodtseva was with her two young sons in Rocky Point at Hallock Landing Beach when she said three pit bulls came out of no where and attacked her gentle boxer named Bella.

“He was screaming at my boys,” she told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “They were the ones who were screaming and crying. I feel like it was really painful to hear that. I felt helpless.”

Tsaregorodtseva said she was also bitten during the attack. A fisherman and area firefighters helped rescue her dog that she said was severely injured

“I’m trying to keep her hydrated, she’s eating a little bit,” she said. “She’s starting to move around more.”

Authorities are investigating, but Tsaregorodtseva said for the dogs to be removed from the home, there needs to be two reports about attacks filed.

She hopes if anyone else was attacked by the dogs, that they will come forward and report it to police.

A page has been set up to help with Bella’s vet bills. For more information, click here.

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