An aggressive dog in your locality – what should you do?
Is there an aggressive dog patrolling your society? It indeed is a cause of concern for the people, other street dogs, and pet dogs in the area. Are you observing it for aimlessly wandering around and randomly growling or attempting to intimidate or attack people? It certainly is a potential threat to everyone. You must take some measures to help address this situation for the dog and community residents.
What shall be the approach to dealing with an aggressive dog in your society?
The first precautionary steps:
- Notify your neighbors immediately that an aggressive dog is roaming around.
- Tell them to inform other people about the wild behavior of this dog and that your gut instinct says it will surely bite someone.
- Request them to ensure their elderly and kids remain inside their homes.
- Tell them you are about to call and get help from an NGO, and they should secure their premises.
- Apprise them of the dog’s location and suggest they stay highly cautious.
Report the dog to the animal welfare organization: Once you finish calling your neighbors, find a local animal welfare organization (AWO) or NGO working for the street dog’s wellbeing. Narrate to AWO how this street dog is dangerously and continuously finding opportunities to bite people. If you could observe this dog’s behavior from a secure place and have a mobile phone handy, please take a zoom-in photo of the dog and share it with the NGO along with its geo-location. You must also tell if the dog is a new addition to society dogs and has never been seen before. Another problem you should solve here is that some organizations charge nothing as being funded by the charity, whereas others charge for their services. So before availing of the services of an organization, it would be best if you did the background check and decide to avail yourself of the services of a particular organization based on the information you get through online remarks and comments, feedback, word of mouth, and people’s general experiences.
Don’t go close to the dog to self-investigate: People, in general, are not well-trained to handle dangerous situations and encounters with dogs. You also need the proper gear to get near an aggressive dog. So whatever it may take, please do not get close to the dog. Let the professionals of the NGO team whose services you have marked to avail of handle it. Their experience protects them from any injurious incident while catching and rescuing dogs from unsafe situations. The best approach to help the NGO is to apprise them of every tiny little detail of the area where the dog is taking refuge so that they can create an effective rescuing plan.
After the dog is caught what actions you must take?
Once the dog is captured and comfortably placed inside the rescue van, please ask the driver to notify you that it has reached the Shelter safely. Inquire the AWO within 24 hours about the dog’s health conditions and get details about its suffering. Also, as the first reporter, you suggest they notify you beforehand whenever they will release this dog so you can notice its behaviors after treatment. Keep checking its body language when it finds itself around or among people so that you can conclude that it is not a threat anymore. Remember, love for them is the essential deterrent from attacking. If you are confident that the dog’s temperament has pacified and it looks for food around your house, try placing fresh water and tasty food outside. Try ensuring that placing the food happens when it is seeing you from a distance, as it should consider you a food provider and not a threat to it.
In short, dealing with an aggressive dog can be a challenge if not handled properly and professionally. You must take appropriate steps to handle such situations to ensure the dog, yourself, and the people around you are safe. Refrain from overestimating your skills as brilliant regarding rescuing and handling ferocious dogs.