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    3 students hospitalized after pit bull boards bus  

Friday, October 13, 2000

By Robyn Adams
© 2000 Republican-American 

WATERBURY A black-and-white pit bull terrorized a busload of Wilby High School students Thursday morning and sent three of them to St. Mary's Hospital with bite wounds.

Police would not release the names of the youths, noting two were 14-year-old boys and one was a 15-year-old girl.

One of the boys had bite wounds on both wrists and legs and one bite wound on his left side. The others suffered bite wounds on either their legs or upper arms.

It was unclear Thursday evening how serious their wounds were.

The incident, reported to police at 6:59 a.m., happened near 264 Walnut St., in the Walnut-Orange-Walsh neighborhood.

The children had boarded the school bus when the dog decided to get on the bus, too. Some of the children managed to get off, but not everyone.

"The dog entered the bus, and three juveniles were attacked," said Chief Inspector Larry Wight of the Waterbury Police Department on Thursday.

When police arrived, children were still on the bus with the dog. The police report did not specify whether the bus driver was able to offer any assistance, or who called the police for help.

"The police officer got students off the bus and closed the doors with the dog still on the bus," Wight said.

Wight said the dog warden's office was called to remove the dog.

"At this point, any follow through will be done by animal control in relation to the health and care of the dog," Wight said.

Police are trying to locate the dog's owner to determine if it had a current rabies shot. Lt. Steve Flaherty, the city's dog warden, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

It was not clear Thursday evening what will happen to the dog if the owner is not located. 

The children may have to undergo treatment if the dog is found to be rabid.

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