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Bicyclists and Pedestrians Need to Be Award of Dogs

Bicyclists and Pedestrians Need to Be Award of Dogs

Hagerstown, MD- The Humane Society of Washington County has received a number of phone calls concerning confrontations between dogs and pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists throughout the county. Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, is asking these individuals to bee aware of their surroundings and be alert to aggressive dog behavior.
For unknown reasons there has been a rash of bicyclists and pedestrians in many parts of the county that have been chased, attacked and/or confronted by dogs on or upon public roadways. In one instance a bicyclist's handlebars were bent when a dog jumped on his bicycle in an apparent attempt to reach the rider. Some of the dogs are running loose while others are escaping fenced yards to chase the individuals.
"People need to be aware of their surroundings when they are participating in any activity that takes them past private residences. While a loose, uncontrolled dog may be a danger, overreacting to their sudden appearance could cause an individual to swerve into traffic," indicated Mr. Miller. He added, "Any dog running off their property is in violation of WC Animal Control Ordinance. Violations need to be reported to HSWC Field Service Department at extension 203. People need to also be aware that in this day of legation, if your dog causes an accident and/or property damage - you as the owner may be held responsible."
Anyone concerned about a dog displaying aggressive behavior is urged to contact the Humane Society of Washington County immediately at 301-733-2060.

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