WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Two people have been cited after a dog attacked a student at Hanes Magnet School Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from Winston-Salem police.
Luis Munos, 23, was cited for owning a dangerous dog that attacked a person and caused physical injury.
Lauren Anica, 22, was cited for unlawfully permitting animals to run at large.
Police said two dogs were running around unsecured on school grounds near the ball field area where students were playing around 2:30 p.m.
One of the dogs bit an 11-year-old student on the leg, causing minor injuries.
The school resource officer came to the ball field and helped staff in clearing other students off the field while the dogs were still running around.
The officer shot one of the dogs that was acting aggressively. The dog was hit by two rounds.
Police said the dog ran away and was found on Marble Street adjacent to the school, where it was secured until Animal Control officers arrived on scene. The dog was euthanized at a veterinary office.
Forsyth County Animal Control says the dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, but they sent the body away for testing to be sure.
Animal Control also says this was not the first time they had encountered the dog in question. They say the dog bit a neighbor over the summer. However, it was not deemed dangerous because it didn’t meet the criteria.
They say the bite must require at least two stitches if it’s a human victim, or the animal must kill another animal.
Animal Control wrote several fines as a result of the attack over the summer.
If a dog is declared dangerous, they add, there are certain measures owners must comply with. For example, the dog would need to be kept either indoors or in a six-sided outdoor kennel equipped with a padlock. The dog would need to be on a leash when being transported between the two.
Dangerous dogs also need to be spayed or neutered and owners must show $100,000 liability insurance covering anything the dog may do.
Animal Control also imposed fines as a result of the latest attack, totaling $150.