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Old 04-13-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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Is it even legal to pepper spray other people's dogs?
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:23 PM
 
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Most of the people I see walking in my neighborhood carry a stick or a baseball bat. The cyclists carry pepper spray.

There are packs of strays that live in the fields around here.
I remember those days living near SAC.
Lots of dogs around there.

Saw a pack of about 20 once.
At that point pepper spray is the only thing that works.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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Taser, napalm, pepper spray, gun.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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brokconl, firstly yes sometimes simply standing tall ad confronting a dog WILL have it turning til dog agressive dogs are often lacking confidence and are typically not people agressive...so by taking a big stance, being CONFIDENT and firm often that dog will think twice about aproaching.

And yes IF you or your dog is being attacked you are well within legal rights to do whatever NESSICARIY to end the situation and keep yoursel safe.

were not talking about a dog jumping and barking at a fence or an agressive (but on leash and safely restrained) animal here, were talking LOOSE dogs charging you and your animal on the street
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I remember those days living near SAC.
Lots of dogs around there.

Saw a pack of about 20 once.
At that point pepper spray is the only thing that works.
One night we were walking our neighbor and her son home about 11:30. There were 8 or 9 big dogs (50 lbs or bigger) in her yard. Our yards are very small, there was almost more dog than yard. One of the dogs was sitting on her doorstep, blocking the front door. We went back to my front yard and I asked my husband to get the gun just in case, because the dogs had started heading our way. He only noticed three of them, so he brought his baton instead. By then the dogs had turned and were heading back down the street to the field, silently and blending into the dark. It was pretty creepy and I carry a bat now if we're ever walking our friends home late at night.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I have heard that bear spray is more effective than pepper spray. I always mean to get some when I go to a sporting goods store and then forget. There's a HOA in our area that has had trouble with some loose dogs and they tell owners to carry bear spray; here's a copy/paste from their online newsletter about the topic.


Protecting Your Pet
Residents are encouraged to carry bear spray (Amazon.com: bear repellent spray) and not leave your pet unattended in the yard or off leash. While bear spray may sound excessive, it is very effective and inexpensive means for getting dogs to immediately disengage and move away without permanently harming anyone.

We have had a second incident in six months of a dog biting another dog and causing significant injuries today. The smaller dog had 9 bite injuries. The larger dog came close to being put down by the police who could not figure out how to get the larger dog into the animal control cage.

At this time one dog is recovering from its wounds (a full recovery is expected) and Irving Animal control is interfacing with the owner of the larger dog.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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One night we were walking our neighbor and her son home about 11:30. There were 8 or 9 big dogs (50 lbs or bigger) in her yard. Our yards are very small, there was almost more dog than yard. One of the dogs was sitting on her doorstep, blocking the front door. We went back to my front yard and I asked my husband to get the gun just in case, because the dogs had started heading our way. He only noticed three of them, so he brought his baton instead. By then the dogs had turned and were heading back down the street to the field, silently and blending into the dark. It was pretty creepy and I carry a bat now if we're ever walking our friends home late at night.
Yep, heard lots of stories like that.

Have you ever called animal control?

The dispatcher asked if anyone was mauled after we got chased by the giant rotties.
When i said no she said "so whats the problem"

So i called the mayors office and they were fuming.
the rotties were rounded up an hr later, the owners were ticketed and the office calked back to appologize for the dispatchers attitude
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:00 PM
 
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Is it even legal to pepper spray other people's dogs?
Well, clearly you cannot go around pepper spraying dogs for no reason. But if an unwelcomed dog approaches you, of course it's legal to pepper spray the dog.

I've never thought about using a pepper spray or a taser for that matter. Both are good ideas. I don't run into dogs that appear aggressive often, so it's not a real problem. There is one time where a pepper spray could have been helpful.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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I have a larger dog and just ordered pepper spray to carry in case of an off leash/loose dog

This is a great blog article on dealing with off leash dogs and different ways to deal with it.
Hello Off Leash Dogs. Meet My Friend Direct Stop. | notes from a dog walker
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yep, heard lots of stories like that.

Have you ever called animal control?

The dispatcher asked if anyone was mauled after we got chased by the giant rotties.
When i said no she said "so whats the problem"

So i called the mayors office and they were fuming.
the rotties were rounded up an hr later, the owners were ticketed and the office calked back to appologize for the dispatchers attitude
I don't live in city limits. Animal control will pick up out here, but only if you have the dog trapped. The dog packs here mostly live around the water treatment plant and then they come out during the night before garbage pickup to see what they can scavenge. There are wild hogs that live there too, sometimes they wander but only at night. We've also had cows running down our street before.
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