5 loose pit bulls bite 2 people in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — The owners of five pit bulls that escaped from their St. Petersburg home returned to the scene and assisted officials in loading the dogs into an Animal Control truck.

Officers responded to a home in the 2100 block of 21st Street South at 9:24 a.m. on Monday.

When officers arrived, they realized the dogs had escaped through open windows that did not have screens on them.

The dogs charged at the police officers when the officers tried to get out of their patrol cars.

The officers had to spray fire extinguishers to keep the dogs away from them.

A Pinellas County Animal Control officer also responded and had to fight off a dog.

When the dogs jumped back inside the home, officers were able to use pepper spray to keep them back while they closed the windows.

The dogs were removed from the home and will be kept under quarantine and for further investigation.

A 62-year-old woman was bitten multiple times and was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

Another victim, 52, was bitten on the leg.

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