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Published on Sep 12, 2012
With a number of recent dog attacks in the Miami Valley, it's important to know what you can do to keep the same from happening to you.In the last week an elderly Trotwood woman was killed when her two cane corso mastiffs viciously attacked her. Then, a Springfield man was dragged and mauled by three dogs. He remains in serious condition at a local hospital.Falling victim to a dog attack may be easier than you think. "Every dog is a little different,," said Brian Weltge, Humane Society president. "This is not a breed specific issue. This goes across all breeds."Weltge has been working around all sorts of dogs for years. He said people often put themselves in harm's way when they enter a dog's world with a human frame of mind."When dogs are sleeping, eating, chewing - those are not times to interrupt them" Weltge said.So far this year, 690 animal bites have been reported in Montgomery County. Most of the bites are from dogs. Many of the breeds reported are unknown, but of the known breeds, most are from pit bulls and Labrador retrievers. There are things people can do to reduce the chance of an attack. For example, remaining still and resisting the urge to run away. If a person runs, the dog's natural instinct to chase will be triggered. If a person remains still, turns away from the dog without making eye contact, the dog will lose interest."You're not acting like the prey, you're not running from them, then you're not giving them reason to chase" said dog owner Rob Schultz.What if standing still and ignoring the dog doesn't work, and it bites you anyway?"The best thing to do is to make yourself small," Weltge said. "Try not to make noise. The dog will again lose interest. If you're injured it's important to get medical treatment right away."Perhaps most importantly, respect a dog's space, or any animal for that matter, and they'll often do the same.