Dogs quarantined after 3 people are bitten

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A northwest Houston pet owner plans to do what he can to keep his two dogs alive, even though that may become a very expensive proposition after the canines bit three people Thursday morning.

"They've never shown any aggression before. I'm just as surprised as anyone else," Sonny Pena said about the incidence at the Covered Bridge Condominium Complex at 5005 Georgi.

Animal Control officers said one of Pena's dogs, a 2-year-old boxer named Rocky, attacked two women just before 7 a.m. The women were seriously injured and remained in the hospital Thursday evening with injuries primarily to their legs.

A Houston firefighter who arrived on scene to help was then bitten by Pena's other dog, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever named Apollo.

Both dogs are now at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, the city's pound, under 10-day quarantine.

This has been an active week for animal bites, 19 so far, according to Carlene Lormand of the BARC.

"I think the only thing that could really account for it is spring break. We get outside our routine, leaving doors open … children maybe not watching for stray animals, loose animals, maybe trying to pet unknown animals," Lormand said.

The dogs will not be automatically euthanized, but one or both could be deemed "dangerous dogs" by a justice of the peace. If that happens, it will an expensive proposition for Pena to save his dogs. He would be obligated to pay a yearly special registration fee and carry liability insurance among other restrictions.

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