Manassas Journal Messenger | Police looking for dog owners

Two dogs bit three children Monday evening in Southbridge and police are looking for the owners who may face criminal charges, Prince William County police said.

The two dogs, a brown pit bull and a black and brown mutt, attacked two children in the 17200 block of Wexford Loop. They attacked another child on Nugent Lane before being caught by animal control, said 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn, department spokeswoman.

Two of the three children attacked were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the other was treated at the scene and released, police said.

Police are now looking for the dogs’ owner, who may face charges pending an investigation, police said.

A 10-year-old and a 4-year-old were playing outside when the two dogs approached them, police said.

The pit bull bit the 10-year-old several times on the leg and the mutt bit the 4-year-old on the foot before neighbors chased the dogs away, police said.

The dogs then ran to neighboring Nugent Lane and attacked a 10-year-old boy, who jumped on a car to try to escape them. The pit bull, though, jumped on the car’s trunk and bit the boy on the leg before animal control arrived.

Neither of the dogs had identification and anyone with information about their owner is asked to call police at (703) 792-6500.

Chinn said the dogs’ fate will be determined in court if the owners are not found.

In a separate incident last Tuesday, a Prince William County police officer shot a dog in Montclair after the animal charged at him.

Staff writer David Stegon can be reached at (703) 878-8065.

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