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Dog's two co-owners among wounded, pet taken to SPCA for 10-day quarantine
By Alex Bridges - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- A dog attack in the city early Monday morning sent three people to the hospital, including one man with serious injuries.
Authorities and emergency rescue workers responded to 2328 Wilson Blvd. for a report of a bite shortly after 12:30 a.m., according Sgt. Frank Myrtle, of the Winchester Police Department.
"Individuals were having an argument at the residence when a pit bull attacked three people," Myrtle said.
The 7-year-old male pit bull attacked a 25-year-old man, identified as co-owner of the dog, leaving bite wounds on his face, according to Myrtle.
Rescue workers took the man to Winchester Medical Center, Myrtle said. The victim was then transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital for further treatment. Myrtle said he did not know the man's condition.
A 19-year-old woman, also the dog's co-owner, suffered a bite wound to her arm, according to Myrtle. A 20-year-old man visiting the residence tried to pull the dog off the older victim and suffered bite wounds to his hand, Myrtle said. Both were taken to Winchester Medical Center but their conditions also were unknown.
Authorities took the dog to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where it must remain for a 10-day quarantine period, according to Myrtle.
Police have not charged anyone in the incident, which remains under investigation.
The attack is fourth such reported incident this year. Police responded to two attacks on Jan. 6, according to Myrtle, neither of which appeared to have resulted in rescue workers taking victims to the hospital.
However, a child was taken to the hospital after a dog attack in 300 block of North Kent Street on Jan. 26, according to Myrtle.