Two women, firefighter attacked by aggressive dogs in northwest Houston

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by KHOU.com staff & Jeff McShan / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 5:40 PM

HOUSTON — Two women and a firefighter were rushed to the hospital Thursday after they were attacked by two pet dogs in northwest Houston.

A 62-year-old school teacher, who was headed to see her grandchildren when she was attacked, will need several surgeries, according to her daughter.

The other woman’s arm was bitten to the bone, a police source said.

The firefighter suffered minor injuries.

The dogs’ owner thinks his 90-pound chocolate Labrador, Apollo, and 45-pound boxer, Rocky, escaped his backyard by crawling under a fence.

"My dogs generally aren’t aggressive dogs ever toward people whatsoever, I think they’re just scared," Sonny Pena said. "I’m sorry if anything ever happened."

Both women were attacked while walking to their cars around 7 a.m. in the 5000 block of Georgi Lane.

The dogs also went after a third woman.

"The dogs were barking and I thought they were on a leash, tied up. And as I got to my car, the light tan dog came after me," said Linn Ringh.

She got away.

The firefighter was hurt when he tried to help.

The dogs were so aggressive, a police officer tried to shoot them. Both managed to run home to their master, who still was confused about the entire incident.

"My dogs aren’t aggressive dogs. I don’t exactly understand what transpired while I was asleep. I have no idea," Pena said. "If they attacked anybody, maybe they were just scared because they were out. Generally, they are just inside dogs."

BARC took custody of the dogs and they will be quarantined for 10 days.

One victim has already contacted a lawyer and will likely sue for damages.

 

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