Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rise in dog attacks has Missouri residents concerned

A spate of dog attacks in Fulton, Missouri, has city officials looking into changing animal control policy. The city council recently met to discuss the growing problem after a young boy was bitten by a pit bull just several days earlier, CBS affiliate KRCG reports.

While some residents have suggested banning notoriously dangerous dogs such as pit bulls, others don't think that will entirely solve the problem. It's not just people who are being injured by the animals, but other dogs as well. One such pet was Mickey, a the pet of Fulton resident Donald Beauchamp, who saw the entire incident happen and is concerned for other residents' pets' safety.

"The pit bull was on the corner of my house and the dog had latched on to my dog's left ear and neck and was actually trying to rip his neck off," he told the news source.

Pet owners looking to keep themselves and their four-legged friends safe may want to buy pepper spray or animal repellent. When sprayed into the face of an attacking animal, the device will temporarily disable it, allowing a potential victim to get away.  

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