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Owner Cited in Case of Dogs Chasing, Mauling Deer Inside Middle School

The owner of two dogs that chased deer into Southern Middle School – where the deer were mauled, resulting in classes being canceled for the day – has been cited.

Two deer can be seen in school surveillance video footage trying to flee Southern Middle School, where they had been chased by dogs. Credit: Screenshot from CapitalGazette.com YouTube video
Two deer can be seen in school surveillance video footage trying to flee Southern Middle School, where they had been chased by dogs. Credit: Screenshot from CapitalGazette.com YouTube video

The owner of two dogs that chased deer into Southern Middle School – where the deer were mauled, resulting in classes being canceled for the day – has been cited.

Alice McCormick of Solomons Island Road in Lothian was issued 11 civil citations, including creating a threat to public safety and letting the dogs run at large, CapitalGazette.com reports.

Classes were canceled at the Lothian middle school March 10 after a German shepherd and a black Lab mix chased three deer into the building, mauling the deer so severely that they were euthanized.

Damage to the school was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, a school spokesman said. 

Anne Arundel County Police called to the school on the report of an alarm found a front door with a broken glass and chairs knocked over inside the lobby. Officers then came across deer inside the building being attacked by the dogs.

Animal Control Officers eventually captured both dogs, and the animals were confined by the county until March 18, when they were returned to McCormick, the website says.

One deer died from its injuries and another was euthanized because it was so badly injured.

Video from the school shows deer running in and out of the entrance, with the two dogs then peering out from inside a hallway through the broken glass door.

Justin case March 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Every dog I've ever owned has chased deer. None of my dogs were the slightest bit aggressive. It's just a natural behavior, the thrill of the chase. It's rare that any dog actually catches up to a deer. Unfortunately these deer were cornered and had nowhere to go. A result of too much building of houses in our woodlands. The deer no longer have a place to run & be free
sonia stewart March 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM
I'm a dog lover but realize these two dogs were over-aggressive. It may have started out as the thrill of the chase, but a primal instinct came out where they sought out to savage the deer as though they were hunting for food. They weren't the typical dog that might stand up to an intruder in their particular territory. These dogs could potentially attack a human for sport.
Patrice Drago March 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM
The owner is responsible for this tragedy. It is disheartening to witness the continued ignorance of pet owners that are otherwise intelligent people. Leash laws exist for a reason. To avoid events like this is only one reason of many. Most of us at some point in our lives have known or heard about a child being attacked by an unleashed animal. Dogs running out in the road or after cars can cause accidents; dogs unleashed seem to be more likely to be aggressive towards dogs on leashes... the list goes on and on. What is it that people do not get? Pet owners are not being kind to their animals by letting them run free. They are being inconsiderate (at a minimum) to everyone else. Perhaps these dogs broke free of their electric fence and it is a one-time thing. I'm hoping that is the case.
Diane in Odenton March 24, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Well said Patrice. I agree 100% !!
Relaxing March 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM
A big dog in our neighborhood ran out the front door and attacked my 10 pound dog. She was bitten multiple times, shook like a toy and then the big dog opened its mouth and put my dogs head in it. My dog lost her eye and had multiple injuries. the owner put their dog down without hesitation. it was a tragic incident all around but the owner did the right thing. if it happened once it would have happened again. I wonder what these owners did. its a sad thing to put your dog down but.... kind of seems like the best thing to do. Sad for the entire situation. horrified about the deer. unbelievable.

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