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Owner of dogs that chased deer into Arundel school cited

The owner of two dogs that chased deer into an Anne Arundel County school and caused thousands of dollars in damage has been cited by Animal Control.

Alice McCormick of Lothian was issued 11 citations for the two dogs, including allowing dogs to run free without tags, failing to get required vaccinations, creating a public nuisance and letting dogs run loose on school grounds, said Robin Catlett, director of animal control for Anne Arundel. One of the dogs was cited for being a public safety threat for "approaching a person in an attitude of attack."

The citations are civil violations that carry fines ranging from $50 to $500, Catlett said. They can be contested in court.

The dogs, a German shepherd and a shepherd-Labrador mix, were returned to McCormick on Tuesday, Catlett said.

McCormick could not be reached for comment Friday.

Police and school officials said the two dogs chased three deer through a glass door and into the building that houses Southern Middle School and Lothian Elementary School in the early morning of March 10.

Police officers who responded to an alarm at the building found one deer being attacked by one of the dogs. Another deer was found sitting on the floor "in distress" from bite marks. A third deer was found dead in a hallway.

The two injured deer had to be put down by police officers.

School was canceled for the day, and officials estimated the cost of cleanup and replacing the door at $3,000 to $5,000.

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