Dogs attack CHS student

sgilman@newsobserver.comJanuary 27, 2014 

A pit bull attacked a Clayton High School student last Wednesday, causing a puncture wound and abrasions to a wrist.

A Clayton police officer then shot the dog when it attacked him.

Hunter Creech, 14, was on his way to band practice when three dogs came at him, said Town of Clayton spokeswoman Stacy Beard.

The dogs’ owner, Angie Johnson of 513 W Main St. in Clayton, was walking her dogs but did not have them on leashes, Beard said.

A band assistant called 911 to report the attack. When three Clayton police officers arrived on the scene, the three dogs rushed at officer Tyler Johnson.

Officer Johnson yelled at the dogs and was able to shoo the two smaller, female dogs away with his leg. But the larger dog, a male, jumped up and bit Johnson.

The officer then shot and killed the dog.

Police called animal control, which took all three dogs away.

“They took all the dogs at first to quarantine them, because they’re always worried about rabies,” Beard said.

The male dog was up to date on his shots, Beard said. The female dogs were not, she added.

Officer Johnson drove himself to the hospital. He had minor injuries and will be fine, Beard said. Creech, whose father apparently drove him to the hospital, also will be fine, according to emergency medical responders.

Angie Johnson will receive two citations, Beard said, one for violating Clayton’s leash law and one for failing to have her two female dogs vaccinated for rabies.

“It’s a shame this happened,” Beard said. “We need responsible dog owners in Clayton to avoid injuries like this.”

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