North Carolina residents angry after dog attacks toddler
Residents in Robbinsville, North Carolina, are up-in-arms after a two-year-old boy was mauled earlier this week by a gang of vicious pit bulls who roamed the area unattended. The dogs have been known to run loose throughout the neighborhood, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports, and many believe there should have been a leash-law.
The boy remains in critical condition after sustaining injuries to his neck, stomach and legs. Five of the dogs were put in quarantine at a nearby town's animal shelter. The owner of the dogs lives across the street from a playground, and teachers and assistants continually raised concern over the animals.
"We were really upset that the dogs were right beside our school," Forsythia Cable, a first-grade assistant, told the news source. "There was no way I could have protected 19 kids."
Individuals who are concerned about their safety due to dogs may consider carrying pepper spray as a repellent. The spray may be able to keep aggressive dogs and other similar animals at bay.