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Dog attacks two at Robinson High in Tampa

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Tampa Police say a dog that attacked Robinson High School kids came from this home Tampa Police say a dog that attacked Robinson High School kids came from this home
Students stood behind this fence to get away from the dog attack Students stood behind this fence to get away from the dog attack
Tampa Police say this dog escaped before attacking a group of people at Robinson High School Tampa Police say this dog escaped before attacking a group of people at Robinson High School
Alen Velic was attacked by a pit bull mix while on his way to Robinson High School Thursday Alen Velic was attacked by a pit bull mix while on his way to Robinson High School Thursday
Alen Velic was attacked by a pit bull mix while on his way to Robinson High School Thursday Alen Velic was attacked by a pit bull mix while on his way to Robinson High School Thursday
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The Tampa Police Department responded to the scene of a dog attack Thursday in which a loose dog attacked a group of students headed to Robinson High School, biting one of them on the leg.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. at Mango Avenue West and Grady Avenue South. Police say Robinson School Resource Officer Willie Lucas was first on scene and found that the pit bull mix dog had cornered a group of people who were hiding behind a fence.

The dog first attacked 14-year-old Alen Velic when the second victim, parent Michelle Bennett, was driving by and saw the incident.

"There was a parent who was taking her child to Robinson," said Lieutenant Kimberly Plourde-Torres of Tampa Police.  "She gets out of the car, she finds a rake, and starts to shoo the dog away, allowing some other students who were walking to get into a fenced-in yard because the dog was being aggressive."

The parent was also bitten several times on the leg, trying to protect the students.

When the officer arrived on scene, the dog then charged the officer and was shot in the shoulder. Hillsborough County Animal Services responded and took the dog.

Police say it appears that the dog broke loose from a chain in a backyard at 4015 Mango Avenue.
Andreas Rush lives three doors down from where the dog lived.

"I have seen him, he has come up on me a few times and I just stood my ground and chased him back and he goes running off," Rush said. "I didn't think he would actually attack anybody. I thought he was more curious than anything, but just to keep my distance, 'cause he wasn't a small dog."

Keisa Lewis and her eighteen-month-old son live at the house next door to where the dog broke free.  Lewis says she was never concerned about the dog in the past.

"I never really see them, I could hear them, but they are fenced in the back," said Lewis.

The two victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Hillsborough County Animal services is investigating the incident.

Josh Thomas contributed to this report.

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