Dog Mauls 9 Children Out On Elementary School Playground

Police said 12 children were transported to the hospital after a dog attacked on an elementary school playground.

Oklahoma City, OK – At least nine children were bitten by a dog on an elementary school playground on Monday.

Police received a call at about 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 about a dog that had attacked several children at Millard Fillmore Elementary School in the 5200-block of South Blackwelder Avenue, KFOR reported.

The dog reportedly got loose near South Blackwelder Avenue and Southwest 44th Street and made its way to the nearby school, according to KOCO.

There were 28 children in the schoolyard when the dog attack occurred, according to Oklahoma City Fire Department officials.

KOKH reported at the scene said the students on the playground at the time of the attack were third and fourth graders.

Nine children were bitten, but 12 children were transported to local hospitals, according to KFOR.

The fire department transported five children, and seven children were taken to the hospital by their parents, KWTV reported.

The extent of the victims’ injuries had not yet been released; however, KOKH reported from the scene that most of the children suffered superficial wounds, and that several were hurt while they were running away from the dog.

Police said there were three teachers on the playground when the dog attacked, KFOR reported.

One of the teachers actually tackled the dog to prevent it from going inside the school.

KOKH reported from the scene that although all of the school’s playgrounds were fenced in, the gates appeared to be open and the playground accessible. However, it was not known if the gates were open at the time of the attack.

Initially, police corralled the dog and put it in a police vehicle until animal control officers arrived on the scene, KOKH reported.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare arrived on the scene and took the dog into its custody, according to KFOR.

The breed of the dog has not yet been confirmed. Numerous media outlets have reported it was a Pitbull mix, while others have said the offender was a Rottweiler.

Comments (41)
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Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Pitbull or Rottweiler. Neither would be a surprise.

Mama1959
Mama1959

Dogs act as they are trained. If it had responsible owners this would not have happened.

Golobki
Golobki

It will make a great adoptable rescue dog.

K9ndn
K9ndn

It was thirteen kids bitten by thet pit bull. 5 kids were transported to the hospital. Oklahoma City animal contrail took forever to get there to capture the animal. This is a problem with OKC animal control the show up hours later or a couple of days later. They only have 4 officers on duty for the 6 largest city area in the USA. We have to defend ourselves in OKC from dogs like this.

Aco1979
Aco1979

I was not there so what I am going to say next is a general comment. When I was an Animal Control Officer I tried to teach children under 10 how to respond if a dog came at them and or attack them. Unfortunately the first reaction of most children is to scream and then run. As most adults know it is the worst reaction someone can do. If the community does not have the resource to help teach children then the parents should attempt to teach them. The fact that someone was able to get the dog may indicate the dog could have been reacting to chaos. Now, having said all of that, the owner probably shouldn’t even own a dog. IMO.

Rayb
Rayb

Why would anyone want a dog like that? The owners surely know it’s aggressive.. hopefully they’ll get rid of it

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

It’s not the breed that’s the issue. It’s the owners. Dogs are not born aggressive, they’re either taught that or some stupid “greeder” that had them confined. Blame the owner not the dog.

retiredcop
retiredcop

Sorry but I don't agree with the people who say it is all about how they are raised. I rescue dogs and have for decades. This is a Nature vs Nurture topic and I think it is both, not just nurture. If you will acknowledge that dogs have been bred for specific purposes by humans and those animals show the attributes that people bred them for, such as Border Collies and Malinois and their intense work drive, Terriers and their tenacity to hunt down vermin, Great Pyrenees and their tolerance for other animals and guarding instincts, Labradors and their love of water and fetching to name just a few, then you have to acknowledge that dogs that people breed to fight other dogs have a tendency to be aggressive. In fact, dog fight breeders test early for aggression and if the puppies aren't aggressive enough, then they are culled (killed) or used as bait dogs. Granted, these breeders are looking at aggression toward other dogs but it can manifest in other ways. Now, does that mean that all Pit Bulls are aggressive? Of course not. What it does mean is that people who own Pit Bulls and who cannot know their lineage should never say, "My dog wouldn't do that". Of course, I think all dog owners and parents as well should never say, "My dog (or my child) would never do that" and act accordingly. My feelings on this are that people have ruined dogs by selectively breeding bad physical and mental traits into many different breeds. So it is the fault of people but it is their breeding of these dogs as well as the way the dog is raised.

Dogowner
Dogowner

Breeds with inherited strong prey drives need to be watched at home or secured , if not home. Actually, any dog should be. Listen, those of you , who are blasting Pitbulls, Rottie's, etc , ANY dog will bite given the right circumstances! The kids running and screaming may have made this horrid situation worse. This was a tragic situation, but could have been prevented had the owner been responsible in securing the dog and had the school gate been closed.

Sherry Hallum
Sherry Hallum

I hate when sensationalism is used in headlines. No children were "mauled", they were bitten. Try using truthful words.

K9Justice
K9Justice

After 27 years of K9 experience (21 years LEO and 6 years specializing in the rehabilitation of aggressive dogs), I will agree with your summation.

We breed certain traits into dogs for a reason. Can we override nature with nurture? Yes, however, some genetic behaviors require a highly trained and experienced trainer to overcome. Unfortunately, most people don't have the skills to do it.

bratdawn
bratdawn

I agree, all dogs bite, my cocker spaniel, (rescued, abused)out of fear when we first got him, felt cornered and snapped and bit my brother. But...he bit, let go, and backed off. The maulings are completely different. They dont let go, shake vuctim, causing more damage. Persinally know of 2 pittie maulings, both of which owner tried to hide dog from aurhorities, 1 even had gall to tell police it wasn't the pit bull, but their other dog. My friend knows the difference between pit bull and Shepherd! Their homeowners insurance would go up if they found out they had pit bull. The other case was my 80+ yo grandmother in her yard with her yorkie. Neighbors pit jumped fence and mauled yorkie! My poir grandmother had hand held garden spade in hand, and was using that to stop dog. Thankfully, neighbors heard commotion and came out. The pittie saw all the people, finally stopped, and jumped back in own yard. By the time police/animal control got there, owner had disappeared with dog. I know they are xute puppies, and too many wind up in shelters. Some are very sweet...until they maul someone. Glad these kids are going to be okay, but Im sure will now have a lifeling fear of large dogs.

KKau
KKau

"No one critically injured" and "Superficial injuries" is now titled as a mauling? This hack of a "journalist" needs to step away from her keyboard. I hope no one is paying for this sensationalized garbage. They really do let anyone post anything these days. Shame.

Louise S
Louise S

Mauled and bitten are 2 different things. Fearmongering reporting doesn't help and just makes people afraid to see ANY dog. Stop this sensationalizing of news.

Neversurrendr
Neversurrendr

I'm surprised at how many of you are going after a stupid word of an inconsequential reporter while saying almost nothing about the magnitude of kids that were bitten or saying anything about putting down an animal that bites a dozen kids. SMH.

Neversurrendr
Neversurrendr

But you have no comment on 12 kids being bitten? Only words about a reporter that no one knows?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

This story had pit bull written all over it even before I read the details. Owners should be held accountable. The dogs aggression is based on the dogs training, or lack of, by the owners!

Janken
Janken

You wonder if the owner has treated the dog cruely.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Yes, all dogs can bite but I have seen so many stories such as this on this site and from other sources...and the star of the story has typically been Pitbulls combined with very irresponsible owners. "The kids running and screaming could have made this situation worse" is simply an excuse as what would anyone expect of any child. This story is one of the worst seen as 12 children were affected physically ....and later likely psychologically as well. ...The Pitbull breed has a poor reputation and this breed should never be combined with those owners who should obviously know much better but yet don't take the extra care. I blame the owners much more than the dogs themselves but the dog's demeanor cannot escape from irresponsible dog owners. When combined the end result is typically tragic and innocent people get very hurt...or worse.