ARLINGTON -- The city euthanized two dogs Thursday that bit or scratched five children at Bryant Elementary School on Dec. 9.
The dogs had been in quarantine at the Arlington animal shelter since the attack, said Mike Bass, Code Compliance Services assistant director.
The owner, who adopted the dogs from the shelter in September but did not reclaim them, faces Class C misdemeanor citations for allowing the dogs to run loose, Bass said. Animal Services had also impounded the dogs for roaming the neighborhood.
The owner, who was identified by microchips implanted in the dogs, will not face charges related to the attack, Bass said.
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He said the dogs-at-large violations are "the only outcome that we have available to us," adding that the dogs had their city licenses and up-to-date rabies vaccinations.
The students were treated on-site for minor injuries, including skinned knees and elbows; one child had a bite mark on her head. A sixth child suffered minor injuries running away from the dogs, according to a bite report filed by the city.
Bass said the dogs did not act aggressively when they were impounded and may have attacked because the kids ran from them.
"Sometimes in these situations, dogs can be reactionary if they get in there and get a response that stimulates them into what we call a prey drive," Bass said. "That could result in what occurred."
Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578