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PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) – The owner of two German Shepherds that attacked seven people has been cited by animal services and could face criminal charges.

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Police say the dogs broke free around seven o’clock Sunday night when the owner wasn’t home.  When officers arrived they found dozens of people running from the dogs, some climbing the tops of cars for safety.

Among the victims: at least one small child, five other civilians, and one police officer. That officer was able to get the German Shepherd away from a jogger at Wagon Wheel Park only to be attacked himself.  That’s when the officer shot and killed the dog.

Charles Brown owns the dogs.  He says he wasn’t home Sunday night when they broke through the fence, but he believes they were provoked, as he says they have been in the past.

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“The kids they come by. They knock on the gate. They arouse the dogs. They throw stuff over the gate, and I don’t know what it was.  I told them, don’t do it ’cause it might be poison.  And I tell them, the dogs, all you’re doing is making them angry,” Brown said and offered his apologies to the victims.

Police say none of the injuries is serious, but the officer was treated and released from a nearby hospital.  The surviving dog was taken into custody by animal control. A spokesperson for the city tells us the owner did surrender the dog to be euthanized and tested for rabies. Those results should be back in a couple of days.

Brown was cited by animal control for failure to register the dogs and failure to show proof of current rabies vaccination.  Both are civil offenses that come with fines of up to $500 each.

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