Monday, January 3, 2011

2 injured by dog during school's recess

By Jeffrey Wolf, KUSA

Two people were injured by a dog, one of them a 6-year-old child, while they were on the playground of a Catholic school on Monday morning.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Denver says it happened at the Notre Dame Catholic School, which is on South Zenobia Street near West Evans Avenue.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Jeanette DeMelo initially told 9NEWS three first graders were bitten during their morning recess. She did not believe any of the children were seriously hurt.

Denver Animal Control clarified that a 64-year-old man and a 6-year-old child were injured in the incident.

According to Doug Kelly, spokesman for Animal Control, the dog was a pit bull/Boxer mix.

Kelly says some children were playing with the dog and a while later the animal started to chase after some people, including children.

The 64-year-old had bruises and the 6-year-old was apparently bitten. Both were taken to the hospital to get checked out.

DeMelo says the principal of the school will notify the parents.

Denver Animal Control was able to catch the dog. It had no tags and will be held in quarantine for 10 days.

Pit bulls are restricted in Denver under a dangerous dog ordinance.

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