Students at two southern Anne Arundel County schools had the day off Monday after deer and dogs tore through the building, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
On Monday morning, three deer jumped through glass doors at Southern Middle School, which also houses students from nearby Lothian Elementary, which is under construction.
The deer were followed by a pair of dogs, said Bob Mosier, a school system spokesman.
Anne Arundel County police responded to the school after the alarm went off shortly before 4 a.m., said Lt. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman.
Officers found one deer on the floor being attacked by a German shepherd. Another deer was found sitting on a floor "in distress" from bite marks. A third deer was found dead trapped in a hallway.
The two injured deer were "humanely euthanized due to the severity of their injuries from the dog attacks," police said.
Both dogs – a German shepherd and a Labrador mix – were captured by Animal Control officers. Neither dog had a collar, but Animal Control have found the dogs' owners. Animal Control has custody of the dogs.
The cost of replacing the doors and cleaning up the school was between $3,000 and $5,000, Mosier said.
"Suffice it to say, the cleanup that was necessary prevented us from opening either school today," Mosier said.
Both schools are expected to open on time Tuesday and MSA tests will be administered as planned, Mosier said.