**below is a news story in a town near where I live. What I wonder is if the owner's door was indeed unlocked, how would the dogs have gotten out? Have they learned to open the door? Or are they even pit bulls, or one of the commonly mistaken breeds? and from the charges against the owner, seems to me this is an irresponsible dog owner, period.**
A Mason City dog owner is facing several charges and 2 men are recovering from bite wounds after they are attacked by 2 pit bulls.
Police said it happened just after 4 Saturday afternoon at a home in the 300 block of 2nd street Southwest.
Officers said John Hanson went to visit his friend Nathan Dorsey who lives on the ground level of the house.
Police believe dog owner Paige Burgess, 22 of Mason City left her upstairs apartment door unlocked and the dogs got out.
Police said the pit bulls attacked Hanson; they also attacked Dorsey as he tried to help.
An officer fired a shot at one of the dogs when it approached him in an aggressive way.
The shot missed, but the animal retreated and officers were able to capture them.
They are currently being held in an animal shelter.
Police said Hanson required several stitches for wounds to his arms and legs.
Both men were treated and released from a Mason City hospital
Burgess is being cited for 2 counts of keeping a vicious animal, 2 counts of no rabies vaccination, 2 counts of no city dog license and 1 count of having a dog at large.