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article imageDogs from last week's attack in D.C. are caught, euthanized

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 26, 2012 in World
Washington - The two dogs responsible for a vicious attack in Washington D.C. on Friday night are reported to have now been euthanized. The incident, in which the dogs attacked teens and left a man wounded, left residents fearful the dogs would come back.

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Yesterday, NBC News reported both dogs have now been caught and euthanized.
According to local NBC News affiliate, one of the dogs was shot after it attacked a police officer in Maryland's Prince George's County. Subsequently, both dogs were then captured. The dogs were identified as American Bulldogs in yesterday's report.
Over the weekend, Digital Journal reported on the original incident where two very large dogs ran through the streets attacking the teens, even following some of them as they jumped on cars.
Andre Hawthorne, a resident of the area, had intervened by distracting the dogs so the children could escape, however he was injured in the process. Currently, Hawthorne is undergoing rabies treatment and is also being monitored to see if he has suffered permanent nerve damage as a result of the numerous bites on his arms and hands.
None of the children were hurt, thanks to Hawthorne's quick action.
NBC reported police believe an individual took the dogs to Cheverly, Md. on Saturday night, a few hours after the original incident. Cheverly is about four miles away from the D.C. neighborhood. Reportedly, the two animals were running loose on residential streets in Cheverly, when one of the dogs attacked an officer around 1 a.m. The officer fired on the aggressive dog, while the other was lying down in the vicinity. Local animal control was called.
Prince George's County Animal Control took over, and brought the two injured dogs to emergency, where they had to be euthanized due to previous injuries received.
It was later confirmed these dogs located in Maryland were the same two dogs that were caught on the surveillance video during the attack in Trinidad neighborhood in D.C.
"I'm glad that they found the dogs," Hawthorne told NBC News. "...They need to get the owners now."
Reportedly, authorities do know who owns the dogs, but there is no word on whether or not charges have been filed. WTSP News said yesterday they tried to contact the owner, but had not gotten a response.
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