A pit bull in Escambia County, Florida, that was brought in and quarantined for vicious behavior, recently attacked an animal control officer. The victim had to be taken to the hospital for treatment, and the animal is expected to remain in seclusion for at least 10 days, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
The animal was labeled dangerous and vicious by the Escambia County Animal Shelter, but was being released to its owner when the attack occurred. The dog's owner was attempting to muzzle her pet when it broke free and attacked 31-year-old Kathryn Sessions.
This incident highlights the threat posed by aggressive pit bulls. According to Dogsbite.org, a survey by the website found that of the 88 deaths caused by dog bites in a three year span, 59 percent were connected to pit bulls.
Runners, walkers or families with young children may want to take measures to prevent a similar attack from occurring. Pepper spray has shown to be an effective animal repellent and can turn back an aggressive canine.