Posted at 9:42 a.m. PST Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 

Pit bull attacks three SJ middle school students

                         BY BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department reported this morning that three school children were being treated at a hospital for bite wounds suffered from a pit bull that had attacked another child last year.

Capt. Mark Mooney said the white pit bull ran onto campus at Lee Mathson Middle School at 8:07 a.m. today as some children were playing with a ball on a sports field.

The dog ran after one boy, biting him on the knee, and then went after another boy, biting him on the back, Mooney said.

As school staff tried to chase the dog out of the area, the pit bull ran into an open classroom occupied by students and bit a third boy in the leg, according to Mooney.

Police responding to a 911 call tried to use pepper spray on the dog, which lunged at an officer, who then shot the dog five times. An hour later, the dead dog was still lying on campus at 2050 Kammerer Ave.

The owners, who live nearby, have been contacted, Mooney said. According to police records, the same dog had bitten a child at another school last year, he said.

The boys bitten today, a 13-year-old and two 14-year-olds, were being evaluated at San Jose Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, he said.

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