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SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- Two pit bulls broke through a fence in a Nevada community, entered a neighbor's home through a dog door and killed three dogs inside while the residents were away, animal control officers said.

The residents of the home in the Reno suburb of Spanish Springs returned Friday to find their black Lab, shih tzu and Pekingese dead.

The dogs were seized and their owner is facing a citation, said Barry Brode, director of Washoe County Animal Services. The pit bulls could be euthanized if a judge orders it.

"(It was) an accident that could have been prevented ... by making sure the (pit bulls) were secured in the kennel, that the fence line was properly secured and up to date," Brode told KTVN-TV (http://bit.ly/1snkCQR ).

Dog doors can be secured so animals can't sneak in from the outside, he added. Dog doors are small portals in a wall or door that allow pets to enter and exit a house on their own.

Neighbors said the pit bulls had broken loose before, but they had managed to get the dogs out of their home without incident.

"The pit bulls last summer were breaking into our yard, and they were very friendly and came into my house (to) hang out with my dogs," Rorie Monroe said.

The owner of the three dead dogs wouldn't provide a full name to the TV station.

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Information from: KTVN-TV, http://www.ktnv.com

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