Three school staffers and one student were bitten by dogs that got loose at Montevideo Middle School, police say.
According to Montevideo PD's Facebook page, officers were called to the school on Friday morning to reports of "vicious pit bulls" attacking and injuring school employees and a student.
Three staff members and one student were bit. Police arrived to see a student holding back one of the dogs with a bicycle, which then went after the officer.
Officers shot the dogs "to protect the public," Montevideo PD told commenters on its Facebook post, with the wounded animals then brought to a veterinarian to be euthanized.
"Because the dogs were severely injured, they were put to sleep," the post said. "We have euthanized other dogs in the past that have been classified as 'dangerous dogs' (two unprovoked attacks)."
According to KSTP, a fifth grader was bit on the hand and had puncture marks, and one staff member was bit in the back of the leg.
Police told the TV station that all the responding officers are "dog owners and dog lovers," adding that: "We hate to be put in these situations."
WCCO reports police have located the owner of the dogs.