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Dog attacks schoolchildren in Norman, injuring several

At least three children were bitten and another child suffered a concussion when they were knocked down by a dog that attacked them as they were walking Wednesday near All Saints Catholic School in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: November 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013

— A dog running loose with another dog attacked schoolchildren from All Saints Catholic School on Wednesday, biting at least three students, knocking one down and causing a concussion, and scratching others.

All the injured students were treated at Norman Regional Hospital and released, and the dogs were captured, Principal Leslie Schmitt said.

The aggressive dog was euthanized and its head sent to the state Health Department, police Capt. Tom Easley said.

The dog was identified by animal control officers as a Dogo Argentino, a large, white, muscular dog developed in Argentina primarily for big game hunting.

A second dog, a Great Pyrenees, was nipping at the Dogo Argentino “like it was trying to get him to stop biting the kids,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt said about 120 junior high school students were walking back to the school at 4001 36th Ave. NW about 9:45 a.m. after attending Mass at the nearby St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church when two dogs rounded a corner in the 3900 block of 36th Ave. NW and “just jumped into the middle of them.”

The scene was chaotic as adults tried to ward off the aggressive dog, Schmitt said.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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