Arundel police shoot two dogs after attacks Pit bulls bite boy, 9, 14 times, chase several others in Glen Burnie

April 03, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police shot two pit bulls Tuesday after the dogs viciously attacked a 9-year-old boy and several other people in a Glen Burnie neighborhood. It took several officers and an animal control worker to corner the animals.

The boy, James E. Snook of the 7500 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., was treated at North Arundel Hospital for 14 bite wounds and released.

One dog died of gunshot wounds, and the other wounded dog was put to sleep by animal control workers.

Animal control officials are expected to pursue charges against the owner, but it was not clear yesterday whether any charges had been filed. Police were alerted to the dogs after Alvin Herrera, 13, was attacked.

The teen told police he was riding his bicycle on Delaware Avenue at Dorchester Road about 4 p.m. when two pit bull dogs began jumping on him, trying to bite him.

The youth fled and pointed out the dogs, one brown and the other black and white, to Officer Roland Perry, who was driving by.

The dogs ran to a home in the 700 block of Delaware Ave. and chased two people standing in the front yard. The couple ran into the house, police said.

Minutes later, Officer Stephen Taylor saw the dogs attacking the Snook boy on the Glen Burnie High School parking lot. He pulled the boy away, and the animals ran.

Cpl. Charles Haertig Jr. and Officer Donald Higdon later spotted the animals in the back yard of a house in the 7800 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., and Haertig and Taylor cornered them. The black and white dog attacked Haertig, and Higdon shot it, police said.

"These dogs were like crazy," Haertig said. "We thought after attacking the kids, they could attack anybody."

The brown dog ran away, and police chased it in their cars, with sirens blaring, back to Glen Burnie High School. As Haertig and Taylor approached, the dog attacked them. The officers shot at the dog, but only one bullet hit it, police said.

The dog ran ran across Ritchie Highway, past the District Court on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and across Crain Highway to a house in the 100 block of Central Ave., where it again attacked an officer, who shot it a second time, police said.

The dog curled up in a corner of the yard, and animal control workers euthanized it, police said.

Police said the dogs had been given rabies shots.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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