Students hurt by dog at elem. school

HOUSTON HISD says the Cornelius Elementary students were on their way to the cafeteria when they tried to play with the bull terrier, but the dog ended up scratching them and biting one student on the ankle.

All six were treated at the school and released to their parents. The dog is now in the custody of animal control. This was the second time the dog had come on the campus.

According to the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC), a repairman had visited the home of the dog's owners Friday morning and left the gate open. The dog got out and went across the street to the school.

BARC says the same dog did something similar on September 22 and was impounded for 10 days. The owners paid $300 in citations and fees and got the dog back on October 2.

According to BARC, because these incidents are so close together, there will be a dangerous dog hearing. The owners can be present. If the dog is found to be dangerous, the owners will have to get a more secure enclosure, the dog must wear a red tag identifying it as a dangerous dog and have a microchip put in identifying it as a dangerous dog. If he gets out again after being found to be a dangerous dog, the owners face fines starting at $500. This is not a case severe enough to warrant euthanizing the dog.

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