BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A volunteer at the animal shelter in Bastrop was mauled by a dog she was trying to help.

The woman was walking a pit bull when it started barking at another dog behind a fence. The volunteer reached in to try and get the dog moving again and that’s when it turned on her.

Some of her fellow volunteers stepped in to restrain the dog but by then the woman had already suffered serious injuries.

The county says they are looking over all of their shelter policies.

“”Things like rating the animals,” said Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape. “How dangerous might an animal be based on its background, why it’s at the animal shelter to begin with.”

The dog underwent a rabies test after being put down. The woman is still recovering in a hospital.