Although dog bites occur year-round, they seem to happen more in the summer months. Many pet owners are quick to allow their dogs to frolic outside without supervision, which can pose a threat to strangers around the animals.
This year, Glen Ridge and northern New Jersey postal officials are working to raise awareness of dog bites, according to the Glen Ridge Voice. Dogs attack postal service workers, as well as children and the elderly, throughout the year. Approximately 4.5 million people in the U.S. suffer a bite annually.
"Raising dog bite prevention awareness and urging responsible pet ownership helps our employees as well as the general public in the neighborhoods where we work and live," Phil Bruno, Glen Ridge postmaster, told the news source.
Officials are encouraging pet owners to get their dogs neutered. This can reduce their aggression and the likelihood of them attacking a stranger. Obedience classes can also help individuals train their dogs to be more welcoming to strangers.
Individuals who want to increase their personal safety against animals may want to buy pepper spray. When used in the face of an animal, it can cause temporary blindness and allow the victim to run to safety.