Tough Times for Pit Bulls

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

Darnelle Darby, who we could not reach for comment, rents a house on Bishop Avenue in Fort Walton.

On Tuesday, two of his three pit bulls entered a neighbor’s house and killed their German Shepard. Darby has expressed interest in getting the dogs back, but has just one problem. The owner of the house found out about the attack and wants the dogs out.

The dogs have been classified as dangerous, meaning Darby must notify and landlord if he plans to keep them.

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How to Avoid a Dog Attack
Here's How:

  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and dogs being walked on leash.
  • Ask owner's permission before approaching a dog, on leash or in yard.
  • Never approach a barking, snarling, sleeping, eating, or nursing dog.
  • Do not stare the dog in the eyes.
  • Turn sideways and slowly withdraw.
  • Put an object such as a tree, post, or bench between you and the dog.
  • Speak softly and gently to calm the dog, "Good dog, it's OK, go home."
  • Stand still or maintain a constant slow pace out of the dog's territory.
  • If local law allows, use pepper spray when charged by the dog.
  • If charged, get something between you and the dog's mouth: umbrella, pack, jacket, stick.
  • If attacked, curl up in a ball and protect your face, neck, and head.
  • Report unleashed aggressive dogs to the local police.

Tips:

  • You can't outrun the dog, not even an Olympic sprinter could.
  • Be aware of dogs a block or more ahead, change your route or turn around to avoid unleashed dogs.
  • Know the weapons laws in the community you are walking in and obey them.

    www.walking.about.com contributed these tips.


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