Dogs and Deer Break Into Southern Middle, Causing Enough Damage to Close the School on Monday

Updated with video (12:41 p.m.)

In a bizarre incident, three deer and two dogs caused the closure of Southern Middle School on Monday.

According to Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier, the dogs chased the deer into Southern Middle School around 4 a.m., causing damage that was significant enough to close the school for the day. The facility, which temporarily houses students from Lothian Elementary while their building is renovated, will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11. Mosier said that MSA testing will be on schedule for students of the middle and elementary schools.

Apparently, the dogs and the deer got into the building by breaking through a glass door in the cafeteria area. Mosier said the damage was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

Update from Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith: Police were called to the scene after a report of an alarm. Arriving officers found a door in the front with broken glass and chairs knocked over inside the lobby. Officers saw a deer down on the floor being attacked by a German Shepherd dog. Animal Control was requested to respond to the scene.

Police then passed another doorway where they observed a second deer sitting on the floor in distress and injured from apparent bite marks. A second dog, a black Lab mix, later appeared. Animal Control got control of the dogs. Neither was wearing a collar when captured. The dogs owners were later located. The two dogs are in custody of Animal Control as of Monday afternoon.

In all, the three deer were located inside the building, all suffering from bite wounds from the dog attacks. One deer died, two were euthanized.

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