Dogs are often referred to as man's best friend, but their aggressive animal instincts can come out when they feel threatened, which can instigate them to attack.
This was recently the case in Springfield, Massachusetts, when a dog bit a 12-year-old boy who refused to listen to advice to keep his distance. Francisco Hilson walked onto the dog's property uninvited, according to The Republican. The animal's owner, Bianca Quinones, told the boy to stay behind the gate, but he did not obey her precautionary statement.
"I feel bad for the boy. He got bit," Quinones told the news source. "The kid came into the yard. We told him twice not to come into the yard."
Per city ordinance, a hearing will be held to determine if Quinones' dog is dangerous and needs to be euthanized. The victim's mother alleges the attack was unprovoked. If the dog is deemed safe, Quinones will be required to buy liability insurance in order to keep her pet.
Those who want to increase their personal safety might want to buy pepper spray. When used properly, it can temporarily blind an aggressive dog in the event of an attack.