A police officer in Baltimore County, Maryland, was recently attacked by a pit bull after responding to a routine call. The officer was alerted after receiving a complaint about two dogs running loose, The Towerlight reports.
Not soon after the officer arrived at the campus of elementary school Halstead Academy of Science and Arts the attack began. Police say that the man had just opened his door when one of a pair of dogs lunged at him, affording him very little time to prepare and protect himself.
"He got out of his car and before he could react, he was attacked by these dogs," lieutenant Robert McCollough told the news source. "One dog was captured and the second, a white female pit bull with an orange brown spot on her hind quarters, ran away from the scene."
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quailty, there has been a steady increase of hospitalizations due to dog bites recently, with an 86 percent rise from 1993 to 2008.
Those looking to protect themselves from an aggressive animal may want to consider buying pepper spray or other animal repellent. The device has been shown to be an effective way to turn back an aggressive canine.