Dog shot after attacking student at Clayton High School

Police were called to Clayton High School Wednesday after a dog bit a student.
January 23, 2014 3:32:01 PM PST
A small pack of pitbulls put a Johnston County school on edge and on alert. Police were called to Clayton High School Wednesday after a dog bit a student.

Town officials say three pitbulls approached a 14-year-old student at the school, but only one of them was aggressive. A police officer ended up shooting and killing that dog.

The student was bitten as he headed to school for band practice. He suffered hand injuries because he was trying to keep the dog away from him.

When an officer arrived at the school, the pitbull again attacked and bit the officer.

As an extra precaution, police arrived early Thursday before students and staff arrived to patrol the area. Staff was also notified to be on alert after the attack.

"This is what we fear and what you need to worry about as a responsible dog owner," said Clayton Spokesperson Stacy Beard. "You need to keep your pets inside whether you think they're sweet and kind. When they get out, there's no knowing what they'll do when they encounter strangers."

Both the officer and the student are going to be okay.

The owner of the dogs, Angie Johnson, will be charged with two counts of failing to have their dog vaccinated for rabies and one violation of the Town of Clayton's leash law.

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