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from the San Jose Mercury News
bulls attack, wound three in S.J. apartment complex
BY MICHELLE GUIDO AND RODNEY FOO Mercury News
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Three black pit bull dogs terrorized an East San Jose neighborhood Monday, biting three people and sending dozens of others -- many of them children -- fleeing in panic.
A maintenance worker at the San Jose Apartments on Cunningham Avenue called emergency dispatchers at 11:30 a.m. and told them the roving pit bulls were charging residents at the 214-unit complex, which also houses a day care center.
That worker, Ruben Garcia, was bitten on the foot, suffering a minor wound, said head maintenance technician Julian LeGrande. Another resident was bitten on the thigh by one of the dogs as she left the complex's laundry room.
And a 25-year-old woman who was visiting a relative at the complex was bitten badly on the calf and ankle by one of the dogs as she tried to shield her 1-year-old son by holding him above her head. She was taken by ambulance to Regional Medical Center of San Jose where she was treated for cuts and puncture wounds to her legs and released.
LeGrande and other members of his crew grabbed bats and sticks and chased the dogs, trying to keep them away from children who play in the complex's grass areas.
``We were chasing them with bats and they were trying to attack us,'' LeGrande said. ``We were just trying to make sure that they couldn't get to the kids.''
By the time police officers and an animal control officer arrived at the scene, the dogs had killed another dog and fled, San Jose police Sgt. Steve Dixon said.
The entire episode lasted more than an hour. Eventually, an animal control officer was able to capture the dogs. All three -- and the remains of the dog they killed -- were taken to the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley.
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