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Dogs and Deer Take Over School; Kids Stay Home

Classes were canceled at Southern Middle School in Lothian Monday after a pack of three dogs chased three deer into the building. The deer were euthanized for their injuries.

Classes were canceled at Southern Middle School in Lothian Monday after a pack of three dogs chased three deer into the building. File|Patch
Classes were canceled at Southern Middle School in Lothian Monday after a pack of three dogs chased three deer into the building. File|Patch

Classes were canceled at Southern Middle School in Lothian Monday after a pack of three dogs chased three deer into the building, mauling the deer so severely that they were euthanized.

Anne Arundel County Police were called to the school located in the 5200 block of Solomons Island Road about 3:50 a.m. on the report of an alarm. When police arrived they found a front door with a broken glass and chairs knocked over inside the lobby. Officers then came across a deer down on the floor being attacked a German shepherd.

In another doorway police found a second deer sitting on the floor, injured from apparent bite marks. A second dog, possibly a black Labrador mix, later appeared inside the school.

Animal Control Officers eventually  gained control of the German shepherd and Lab mix, securing them in their van. Neither dog was wearing a collar when it was captured, police said.

A third deer was eventually found trapped in a narrow hallway with extensive injuries and it died from its injuries. Authorities euthanized the other two deer because of the severity of their injuries from the dog attacks.

School officials decided to cancel classes due to possible contamination and hazards from the incident. The owners of the dogs were located and the dogs are in the custody of Animal Control at this time.

Robin Anderson March 11, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Rumor has it that these same dogs have been a nuisance at the school in the past, making it easy for them to track down the owner. I'd certainly be worried about the children.
Dot Nelson March 11, 2014 at 03:53 PM
I was thinking the same thing as Robin...what happened to the third dog. Your comment was funny. Liked it!
Evelyn Helvey March 12, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Are the dog owners responsible for the damages to the school?
Dot Nelson March 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM
I was wondering the same thing, if the dog owners are responsible for the damages to the school. They should be. The owners need to be more responsible for their animals. They should have trained those thugs better.

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