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November 20, 2013

Dogs target group of children near All Saints school

NORMAN — Two dogs attacked a group of schoolchildren Wednesday morning as they were walking near All Saints Catholic School on 36th Avenue Northwest, leaving at least three with bites, others scratched, one with a concussion and many shaken, officials said.

Capt. Tom Easley said the dogs were captured by Animal Control. One of the dogs, a Dogo Argentino, had no tags or chip and was euthanized. The dog’s head was taken to the state Health Department for examination.

The second dog, a Great Pyrenees, is being held and was not euthanized because all witnesses reported that it did not bite anyone, animal welfare supervisor John Bowman said.

Easley said reports indicate the children were walking from Mass at nearby St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church back to the school. Easley said the attacks occurred in the 3900 block of 36th Avenue Northwest.

Police are investigating, and the dogs’ owners have yet to be located, he said.

The Dogo Argentino is a large, white muscular dog that was developed in Argentina primarily for big game hunting.

Dr. Theresa Bragg, director of operations at All Saints Catholic School, said the children have been walking from St. Mark’s after Mass through the Castlerock neighborhood without incident since the school opened.

“We will no longer be walking back from Mass. It was one of those fluke kind of things. We’ve done it for 10 years without incident,” Bragg said.

She said the students were escorted by teachers and were leaving the Castlerock addition when two large white dogs began attacking the junior high students.

“The kids had just turned that corner, and the dogs came rushing out and got in the middle of them,” Bragg said. “Several heroes came out of the blue. We had our crossing guard, teachers, a gentleman from Don’s Lock Shop that helped us. Several passers-by stopped.”

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