Claremore Daily Progress

November 20, 2013

Dogs attack group of children near All Saints Catholic School

By Andy Rieger
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Two dogs attacked a group of schoolchildren walking near All Saints Catholic School Wednesday morning leaving at least three with bites, others scratched and one with a concussion, officials said.

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

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

Police are investigating and the dogs’ owners has 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. The breed of the second dog was unknown but it also has been captured, police said.

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

“We will be 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,” said Bragg.

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 passersby stopped.”

Bragg said one student was taken by ambulance to the hospital and others were taken by private vehicle. One student was knocked down by the dog and had a concussion.

“Our crossing guard was beating the dogs off with a stop sign and the Don’s Lock Shop guy had a pole and he was telling the kids to get in his van to get away from the dogs.”

An email advisory was sent out to parents alerting them of the attack.

“It’s been a very active day and it was really scary because a number of kids witnessed it,” Bragg said. “We had several heroes today.”