Anyone can quickly become the victim of an attack by an aggressive dog if they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, some incidents can be more severe than others, especially when they involve small children.
Recently, a six-year-old boy from Dubuque, Iowa, found himself under attack by a dog in his own neighborhood. Joseph Bowers was playing outside when a pit bull attacked him, according to Eastern Iowa Now. He is now recovering in a local hospital, but victims say the attack was gruesome. Bowers' ear was nearly torn off while his arms were chewed in multiple places.
"This has been a complete nightmare for all of us," Jessica Bowers, Joseph's mother, told the news source. "Joseph is going to be scarred for a long time, mentally. He's having nightmares, kicking and screaming. "
Joesph has undergone two surgeries and has received more than 100 stitches. Since the incident, police say that the dog has been put down.
Pepper spray can increase personal safety and combat aggressive animals. When used, it can temporarily cause blindness and give individuals the opportunity to run to safety.