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3 people bitten by dog at Guilford County Animal Shelter; dog euthanized

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On Saturday, a dog being evaluated to see if it had the right behavior to be rescued bit two employees and a volunteer at the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

Jorge Ortega is the animal shelter director. He says when you work with animals, there’s always a risk.

“We’re trying to mitigate these things from happening in the future but it’s hard when you’re operating in a very tight spot,” Ortega said.

Ortega said part of the problem is with so many animals to evaluate, workers don’t always know enough about the dogs.

“A lot of these animals are coming in as strays, many of them are being surrendered by their owners and not a lot of information is being shared,” Ortega said.

He says giving employees more time and space to work with the dogs will help cut down on situations like this.

That means getting these dogs out of the cages and into homes is a step in the right direction.

Ortega said the dog involved had to be put down.

Daphne and Ronnie Lewis got their dog Maya at the shelter. They’re looking to adopt another dog as well.

“All of our dogs have been rescues. It’s nice to give a dog a home instead of contributing to the overpopulation problem,” Daphne Lewis said.

They choose to come to the shelter even though they are aware of possible risks, like not knowing the temperament of the animals.

“You know any animal under the right circumstances is going to bite,” Lewis said.

The Lewises say they watch the dogs at the shelter carefully and they’ve gotten lucky with their pets.