Mason City police say two men were attacked by two pit bulls over the weekend. Sergeant Mike Thomas says officers responded shortly after 6:15 Saturday night to a southwest Mason City residence for two men being attacked by the pit bulls.
One of the pit bulls approached an officer in an aggressive manner, with the officer firing at the dog and it retreated. The two dogs were then captured by the officers, with one being transported to a veterinarian for examination.
Both dogs were impounded for observation to monitor for rabies and for the owner to show proof of vaccinations. 22-year-old Paige Burgess was charged with two counts of having a vicious animal, two counts of not having rabies vaccinations, two counts of not having a city dog license and one count of having a dog at-large. All those charges are simple misdemeanors, each punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
John Hanson and Nathan Dorsey of Mason City were injured in the attack. Hanson was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa for treatment, while Dorsey was treated and released from Mercy.
By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City