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Q: How do I defend myself from the neighborhood dog?

August 4, 2009 | By Treasure W. | 9 answers | Expired: 1870 days ago

Treasure W.

Well, there's this dog who lives in my neighborhood, and whenever I'm riding my bike, he's always running after me for no reason. Normally I am not afraid of dogs, but he was growling and barking at me. And he's never put on a leash!!! This was the third time this month that he did this to me. My mom says that I should fight with him, but I'm afraid that he might hurt me or have me killed. I want to be able to ride my bike again, but I'm scared that he'll run after me. What should I do?

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Lherbertson
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Aug 04, 2009

No, definitely don't fight the dog. Don't go anywhere near it. Do you know who owns the dog? You can ask your mom to talk to the owners for you. They shouldn't let their dog run lose to scare people. It's dangerous. You can call animal control and they will find the owners and talk to them about letting their dog run lose. They'll get a warning not to do it again. Stay safe.

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Carly T.
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Aug 04, 2009

Call your local dog warden or animal control officer. A dog like that should not be running loose. Not only is it putting you in danger but it is putting neighborhood pets and young children in danger of being bitten or attacked.

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Shay E.
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Aug 04, 2009

Yes u should call animal control , no dogs should be running after anyone like that , I was bitten by a dog once and it is very painful , so please BE CAREFUL !

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