Texans' Mathis cited for loose pit bulls

Updated: December 12, 2007, 12:19 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans receiver and kick returner Jerome Mathis was cited for loose dogs after neighbors complained that they were harassed by his escaped pit bulls, police said.

Jerome Mathis


Mathis, 24, allowed the dogs to remain at large and kept unvaccinated animals, the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department said. Officers captured one dog and three puppies on Saturday near his Manvel home, the report said.

"We are aware of the situation, and we're going to try to help Jerome resolve it," Texans spokesman Tony Wyllie said in a story posted on the Houston Chronicle's Web site Tuesday.

A woman told sheriff's deputies the dogs chased her into her residence, while another couple said they were forced to jump onto a parked car to avoid the dogs.

No injuries were reported.

Mathis was the Texans' fourth-round selection of the 2005 draft.

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