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Follow tips to avoid dog attacks

Hall says what he wants is for owners to take responsibility. Hall says what he wants is for owners to take responsibility.
"Become a tree or stand like a statue," said David Hall, Floyd County Shelter Director. "Become a tree or stand like a statue," said David Hall, Floyd County Shelter Director.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Dog attacks have been making headlines recently, but experts say the owner taking responsibility can help these problems.   

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Experts say summer increases the chances of such attacks when more people are out riding their bikes, walking around the neighborhood and playing outside. When man's best friend turns into an enemy, there are steps to take in order to ensure your safety.

Always be aware of your surrounding's when outside. Be on the lookout for dogs and note when they are fenced in versus roaming. Most importantly, try not to run if a dog comes after you. It sounds impossible, but the Floyd County Animal Shelter says don't run, curl up in a ball and be calm.

"Become a tree or stand like a statue," said David Hall, Floyd County Shelter Director. "If you can be brave enough to stand perfectly still, the animal will come up, the animal will sniff you, but if you're not making a reaction, chances are the animal will pass on by."

If you see an animal that looks suspicious of you, try and change paths and go a different way. Hall says what he wants is for owners to take responsibility. If your dog is barking, look to see what is going on. Always know where your animal is and check fences regularly.

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