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Pit bull owner cited in Hagerstown attacks

December 07, 2012

The owner of two pit bulls who attacked a Hagerstown police officer and several other people on Sunday has been cited by the Humane Society of Washington County.

Tonya Hall, of 141 East Ave. in Hagerstown, was cited with two violations of animal at large-prohibited; and one violation each of rabies-immunization of dogs, cats, and ferrets; and dog licenses generally, according to a humane society press release.

“The citations are a result of complaints of two dogs running at large and allegedly biting multiple individuals in Hagerstown, the release said.

The Hagerstown Police Department responded at about 4 p.m. Sunday to the area of East and Mulberry avenues for a report of two pit bulls running loose and attacking people, according to a police department news release that was issued earlier this week.

Police found the dogs and cornered them in a yard in the 200 block of East Avenue, the release said. A patrolman shot both dogs when one of the pit bulls lunged and tried to bite him.

Officers said a man, a woman and a girl were taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.

The pit bulls were taken to a veterinary office and later euthanized, officials said.

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