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Pit bulls that charged at Rio Rancho boy, dog will be able to go back to owner


RIO RANCHO, New Mexico — Two pit bulls that attacked an 11-year-old Rio Rancho boy and his dog will get to return to their owner.

KOAT-TV reports ( that Rio Rancho police say the dogs will be released back to the owner following the Jan. 19 incident.

Police spokesman Paul Rogers says the owner, who lives near the boy, will receive several citations including for having dangerous animals, failing to have rabies vaccinations and not having a city license for animals.

Rogers says the dogs would be detained further if they had rabies.

Police say the dogs charged the boy as he was taking his pet Rottweiler to the family car and neighbors stepped in, shooting the canines with pellet pistols.

The boy suffered a bite on his shin and his dog received several lacerations.

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