SAN ANTONIO TX - 3 DOGS WERE PICKED UP BY ANIMAL CONTROL AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER THEY CAME UNDER A GAP IN A GATE OF THEIR NEW FENCE AND ATTACKED 4 CHILDREN
A dog attack at a North Side elementary school left some students in stitches and parents concerned.
Two roaming dogs, an owned adult PIT BULL AND A CHIHUAHUA, were able to get through a fence Tuesday morning at Adams Hill Elementary School.
"I was in my classroom and I saw the dog running by the fence, it was a big dog," said Jayla Bettenclurt, a 4th grade student.
The dogs got underneath the fence and attacked four children while on recess. Three of them were bitten and one was scratched.
"They were kind of walking up and down playing with the dogs on the other side of the fence at some point a teacher came to get the kids and moved them away from there but at the same time the dogs came into the playground," said Pascual Gonzales, Northside Independent School District Spokesperson.
The fence was brand new. However, it was a gap that allowed the dogs to come in.
"This was a very unfortunate incident that happened that could have been really serious," added Gonzalez.
Some parents at the school said they didn't know what happened.
"I wasn't aware of it. Nobody sent a note or anything. I thought maybe the school is supposed to inform the parents."
The family of one injured child told News 4 San Antonio that their son had a bite on his shoulder and two gashes on his head and bicep, needing stitches.
All the children were seen by the school nurse after the incident and two of them were taken to the hospital by their parents.
ACCORDING TO ANIMAL CARE SERVICES, THREE DOGS TOTAL WERE PICKED UP FROM THE SCHOOL and they are now in quarantine.
"State law dictates that anytime someone is bit by an animal that animal has to be quarantined and an investigation has to take place," said Lisa Norwood with Public Relations for ASC.
In fiscal year 2015, there 3,782 dog bites in San Antonio and in Bexar County.
Norwood said it is against the law for any owner to let their pet off their property, especially if it were to hurt somebody.
"You can face a misdemeanor citation, ranging from two to $300 all the way up to a state jail felony. That can see you facing thousands of dollars in fines," added Norwood.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the fence has been fixed.
According to the school district, a work order was put in place to fix the fence before the dogs went through.
The family of one of the child victims also told News 4 San Antonio that they filed a case with ACS.