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2012-07-24 11:27:21 PM  
Chicago is really going to the dogs lately.
 
2012-07-24 11:37:40 PM  
Well, that was Easy
 
2012-07-24 11:39:09 PM  
They just wanted to see if that Staples had the Nexus 7 in stock.
 
2012-07-25 02:31:09 AM  
Dumbass submittard, that tagline is radioshack not staples. Headline fail; I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.
 
2012-07-25 03:27:12 AM  
The dogs - and Akita and a Napoleon mastiff - ran into the big-box store, at 1850 N. Harlem Ave., barking and snarling at customers and employees.

I've never seen an agressive mastiff...every one I has know has been a gentle, lumbering giant...but that would be farking terrifying.
 
2012-07-25 03:44:27 AM  

vartian: The dogs - and Akita and a Napoleon mastiff - ran into the big-box store, at 1850 N. Harlem Ave., barking and snarling at customers and employees.

I've never seen an agressive mastiff...every one I has know has been a gentle, lumbering giant...but that would be farking terrifying.


Depends on how the dog is trained. Some people make their dogs mean. Those people have no souls.
 
2012-07-25 04:38:42 AM  
This is what a reporter means when they say "vicious dog":

images.sodahead.com
 
2012-07-25 04:47:56 AM  

untaken_name: This is what a reporter means when they say "vicious dog":

[images.sodahead.com image 220x220]


Pit bull armed with an AK-47.
 
2012-07-25 04:48:36 AM  

Oznog: untaken_name: This is what a reporter means when they say "vicious dog":

[images.sodahead.com image 220x220]

Pit bull armed with an AK-47.


Yeah I'm surprised they weren't described as "assault canines".
 
2012-07-25 04:50:16 AM  
which aisle?
 
2012-07-25 05:21:01 AM  
This problem only lasts for a couple seconds in Florida
 
2012-07-25 05:37:19 AM  

untaken_name: Oznog: untaken_name: This is what a reporter means when they say "vicious dog":

[images.sodahead.com image 220x220]

Pit bull armed with an AK-47.

Yeah I'm surprised they weren't described as "assault canines".


Sooo stealing this for future use.
 
2012-07-25 05:57:11 AM  
"Thank god, they didn't come into this store. I would have died," she said.

www.inspirational-quotes-short-funny-stuff.com
 
2012-07-25 05:59:01 AM  

flyingdream: "Thank god, they didn't come into this store. I would have died," she said.

[www.inspirational-quotes-short-funny-stuff.com image 250x340]


cdn2.mamapop.com
 
2012-07-25 06:05:27 AM  
They were just chasing the pussies.
 
2012-07-25 06:05:55 AM  
To be fair, Staples does look very similar to PetsMart from the outside.
 
2012-07-25 06:10:35 AM  

Livingroom: Dumbass submittard, that tagline is radioshack not staples. Headline fail; I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.


TrollHeadline? Probably not, but just throwing that out there.

"Use the force, Harry!" -Gandalf
 
2012-07-25 06:18:11 AM  
The Dogs have arisen to save us from a spawn of Bain Capital.
 
2012-07-25 06:33:19 AM  
FTFA: They ran into the doors at Staples, which opened because they're automatic doors," he said.

Witness the stunning power to grasp the obvious.
 
2012-07-25 06:35:14 AM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: FTFA: They ran into the doors at Staples, which opened because they're automatic doors," he said.

Witness the stunning power to grasp the obvious.


What I want to know is how did they run into the doors if the doors opened automatically? Shouldn't they have run through them in that case?
 
2012-07-25 06:55:55 AM  
The dogs were placed into cages and removed from the store y.

Because everybody was scared shiatless and they'd have ripped the face off anyone trying to leave. That's y.
 
2012-07-25 06:58:14 AM  

i upped my meds-up yours: The dogs were placed into cages and removed from the store y.

Because everybody was scared shiatless and they'd have ripped the face off anyone trying to leave. That's y.


Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!
 
2012-07-25 07:13:23 AM  
Didnt the manager have access to an easy button that changed the dogs into kittens?

or at least dropped light fixture on them?
 
2012-07-25 07:22:16 AM  
Working the Night Audit in this one particular hotel, I've had dogs, raccoons, skunks even an opossum come and wander through.
Rural you say? You could easily hear cows moooooooing in the evening.
 
2012-07-25 07:26:24 AM  
an Akita, really?
www.trainpetdog.com
Damn cowards, I would have grabbed it and gave it snuggles.

ITG
 
2012-07-25 07:35:54 AM  
"Well, yes, our sales figures WERE down for the last week in July... but, in fairness, we did replace our greeters with rabid dogs that week..."
 
m3h
2012-07-25 07:47:17 AM  

MythDragon: an Akita, really?
[www.trainpetdog.com image 382x280]
Damn cowards, I would have grabbed it and gave it snuggles.

ITG


I would have ridden the mastiff...
dogbreedsinfo.org
 
2012-07-25 07:56:26 AM  
Oh no. I went to my Staples last night for a new UPS, and the guy was having trouble getting the security chip to deactivate. I joked that I'll take my chances, as long as he didn't release the attack dogs if the door-alarm went off. Then, this morning, I see this article. *shamed*
 
2012-07-25 08:06:06 AM  
Dispapointed there wasn't helpful picture of what a dog might look like

/springer
 
2012-07-25 08:20:28 AM  
That was easy.
 
2012-07-25 08:30:35 AM  
i789.photobucket.com

Is this the store manager?
 
2012-07-25 08:50:56 AM  

MythDragon: I would have grabbed it and gave it snuggles.


Not a bad idea. We'd finally be free of those creepy commercials.

www.bearsandbuds.com
 
2012-07-25 08:54:40 AM  

vartian: The dogs - and Akita and a Napoleon mastiff - ran into the big-box store, at 1850 N. Harlem Ave., barking and snarling at customers and employees.

I've never seen an agressive mastiff...every one I has know has been a gentle, lumbering giant...but that would be farking terrifying.


Neopoliltan mastiffs aren't exactly the same as the more common english mastiffs (probably what you're thinking of) or bull mastiff. While the latter two are more likely to corner an intruder in your house for instance, and intimidate them, they will likely not deliver a serious bite, even if encouraged to do so, and are tend to be completely friendly, or docile, to regular people, without requiring massive socialization. I have encountered a couple of potentially dangerous english and bull mastiffs, but they are few and far between, and most times I see a dangerous "mastiff" it's actually a mix of something else. An english mastiff, which is the larger of these breeds, are INDEED pretty terrifying when they show aggression, but I've only encountered this situation once, at a dog show, with some idiot that had an unfixed male, about 200 lbs (under a year old iirc, not done growing), and slightly smaller female that he had obviously taken no time to train whatsoever. The female was in heat, which caused agitation on both her and the male's part, and he attempted to "guard" her from any person or dog who approached too close. Several times the dogs got in scuffles with each other, and nearly got to other dogs.
The owner was either so ignorant or so psychopathic, that he simply laughed at the aggression while people tried to give them a wide berth. I'd kind of guess psychopathic, since I've never seen english mastiffs with this level of aggressive behavior, and it probably took a special type of owner.

A Neopolitan mastiff is naturally inclined to guard it's home or territory, and can be further protection trained, much like a german shepherd, rottweiler, etc., and if not trained and socialized properly, or worse encouraged to show aggression, can be pretty damn dangerous (as can any large guard oriented breeds). They are large, assertive, potentially dominating, and intelligent, which is a mix that the average dog owner isn't prepared to handle.
However, these dogs don't appear to be that common, thus not overbred, or over-represented by bad owners. It's not a dog that most are going to be able to impulse by from a pet store or in the classifieds.

Which brings me to my next point - The dog in the article probably wasn't a Neopolitan Mastiff anyway. The owner may say so, and there may be some papers from a disreputable kennel club, but most Neopolitan mastiffs I've seen offered locally are aren't even 100% mastiff, much less neo, and are usually an obvious mix of a more common mastiff breed and something else.
 
2012-07-25 09:08:10 AM  
What ever happened to the nice, polite attack dogs I used to know as a child?

"terribly sorry about your arm, old chap, but business is business"
 
2012-07-25 09:14:04 AM  

vartian: The dogs - and Akita and a Napoleon mastiff - ran into the big-box store, at 1850 N. Harlem Ave., barking and snarling at customers and employees.

I've never seen an agressive mastiff...every one I has know has been a gentle, lumbering giant...but that would be farking terrifying.


This.

I knew someone who had a Napoleon mastiff. Those farkers get HUGE. And yes, he was a sweetie pie...but a sweetie who had no idea he was that big. And he was only about a year and a half old when I met him

It was hard enough fending off 120+ lbs of happy, enthusiastic mastiff wanting to jump up and say hi - I can't even imagine seeing him angry. You would probably find me in the next state the minute he growled. AIE.
 
2012-07-25 09:21:38 AM  
Every dog that has ever attacked someone was another persons "sweetie pie". The owner shouldn't get another chance to let this happen again.
 
2012-07-25 09:26:06 AM  

vartian: The dogs - and Akita and a Napoleon mastiff - ran into the big-box store, at 1850 N. Harlem Ave., barking and snarling at customers and employees.

I've never seen an agressive mastiff...every one I has know has been a gentle, lumbering giant...but that would be farking terrifying.


Maybe it threatened to drown people in its drool.

I wouldn't be fazed by the Mastiff--I know they're usually docile. The Akita, though? No farking way. Incredibly unpredictable dogs who've been known to turn on their masters. I'd be especially wary of an Akita palling around with another dog. They're usually solitary dogs.
 
2012-07-25 09:32:40 AM  
Anyone notice the feature articles at the bottom, article about drug that might fight Alzheimers, twice...
 
2012-07-25 09:42:22 AM  
I have an Akita mix named Akira so I'm really getting a kick...
 
2012-07-25 10:19:20 AM  
Apparently the Sun set today. It's not even loading enough to tell me the article doesn't exist.
 
2012-07-25 10:25:10 AM  
I was just leaving Wal-Mart (I know, I hate me for shopping there too), pushing my cart to the car, when this guy's dog jumped out of his truck and started running around. He was chasing the dog calling her name, his girlfriend was babbling "what do I do, what do I do", and the dog ran right by me twice.

If it had been a lab I probably would have grabbed it, but I wasn't sticking my hand in a pit bull's face. So the dog, after circling the lot a couple of times, ran right in the front door of the store. And that's the end of my story, because I got in my car and left. I did hear sirens headed that way a few minutes later, though.
 
2012-07-25 11:29:53 AM  
Ran outside a few days ago when I heard a woman screaming. A jogger was standing at rigid attention on our private road yelling "Help! Help!" while my Great Dane sniffed her. She said he attacked her. She said the neighbor's Labrador attacked her, too.
 
2012-07-25 11:38:33 AM  

Oblio13: Ran outside a few days ago when I heard a woman screaming. A jogger was standing at rigid attention on our private road yelling "Help! Help!" while my Great Dane sniffed her. She said he attacked her. She said the neighbor's Labrador attacked her, too.


That jogger's a moron. A Great Dane isn't attacking anyone anytime soon. I have a Great Dane, too, and it's amazing how many people are afraid of a big, lumbering, dumb dog. Yeah, they're big and scary-looking but if you knew the first thing about those dogs, you'd know they're as docile as can be. We had new neighbors move in behind us a month ago and my dog would see them every day, working in the backyard. They'd coo at her,petting her through the fence, & she'd bask in the attention. This past Sunday, I was walking her off-leash around the block and the new neighbors were working in their front yard. Justice caught sight of them and bounded toward them at a full gallop. Then Justice skidded to a stop on their lawn, about a foot away from them. Scared the bejeesus out of the woman but her husband just laughed.

/Cool story, sis.
 
2012-07-25 05:23:42 PM  

untaken_name: Shakespeare's Monkey: FTFA: They ran into the doors at Staples, which opened because they're automatic doors," he said.

Witness the stunning power to grasp the obvious.

What I want to know is how did they run into the doors if the doors opened automatically? Shouldn't they have run through them in that case?


Through the doorway, perhaps - running through the doors would injure the dogs.
 
2012-07-25 07:24:03 PM  
Store employees jumped up on the counters and the dogs put their front paws on the counters, said witnesses watching from outside the store.

i.imgur.com
The witness in question.
 
2012-07-25 08:04:36 PM  
"Where's your red button now?"
 
2012-07-25 08:47:08 PM  

mama2tnt: untaken_name: Shakespeare's Monkey: FTFA: They ran into the doors at Staples, which opened because they're automatic doors," he said.

Witness the stunning power to grasp the obvious.

What I want to know is how did they run into the doors if the doors opened automatically? Shouldn't they have run through them in that case?

Through the doorway, perhaps - running through the doors would injure the dogs.


The visual I got with this, since the dogs were running fast and the doors open slower, was them running smack into the doors, shaking their little doggie heads, and growling "GET EM" in doggiespeak, and running through the now-open doors to feast on the flesh of cowed Staples patrons.
 
2012-07-25 08:56:49 PM  

mama2tnt: untaken_name: Shakespeare's Monkey: FTFA: They ran into the doors at Staples, which opened because they're automatic doors," he said.

Witness the stunning power to grasp the obvious.

What I want to know is how did they run into the doors if the doors opened automatically? Shouldn't they have run through them in that case?

Through the doorway, perhaps - running through the doors would injure the dogs.


Touché.
 
2012-07-25 08:58:26 PM  

Cyno01: untaken_name: Oznog: untaken_name: This is what a reporter means when they say "vicious dog":

[images.sodahead.com image 220x220]

Pit bull armed with an AK-47.

Yeah I'm surprised they weren't described as "assault canines".

Sooo stealing this for future use.


While you're still welcome to this phrase, I've developed an alternate. "K-9 assault weapons".
 
2012-07-25 10:38:07 PM  
Wow, so the cops didn't shoot and kill the dogs??

Course they would have to know how to operate a gun first.
 
2012-07-26 12:04:28 AM  

for good or for awesome: Every dog that has ever attacked someone was another persons "sweetie pie". The owner shouldn't get another chance to let this happen again.


That's the thing. Dogs can act entirely different when out running around loose, especially in a pair or a pack, and especially a dog that possibly hasn't been well socialized outside of the home. Just because your dog is sweet with people at home, and has been socialized with a lot of people there, don't expect it to be the same way when away from there.

brigid_fitch: The Akita, though? No farking way. Incredibly unpredictable dogs who've been known to turn on their masters.


Akitas are not known to turn on their masters. That's another one of those stupid myths attributed to them, doberman's, pit bulls, rottweilers, chows, or any of the other popular to negatively sensationalize dogs of the day. Just like that myth that pit bulls can "lock" their jaws (they cannot), or doberman's skulls are too small which doesn't provide enough room for their brain, which eventually makes them go crazy and "turn" (and yes this was a fairly common belief at one time. I still hear it periodically).

FuturePastNow: If it had been a lab I probably would have grabbed it, but I wasn't sticking my hand in a pit bull's face


You do realize it's no more likely that a pit bull will bite you in that situation over a lab right? And both can do serious damage.

You're confusing dog bite fatality, with dog bite. With fatalities you see the most popular big/strong guard breeds combined with owners that neglect and/or want to encourage aggression from those dogs (pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans, etc.). Those dogs have a strong prey drive, combined with an instinct to guard, and the size and jaw strength to do serious damage. Combine that with a negligent owner and tragedy can result.
However, dog related fatalities are still very uncommon regardless. In 2010 there were 34 fatalities nationwide. Compare that to about 78 MILLION owned dogs nationwide, with the above breeds being common. Considering the popularity of pit bulls and pit bull mixes, they are extremely unlikely to fatally inure someone. Remember that even dogs that are bred to fight are bred to be aggressive toward other dogs, not people. This is why ex-fighting dogs can often still be rehomed. Even people that are into dog fighting don't want to be attacked by their own dog, nor do spectators.
Between 1979 and 1998 there were 76 pit-bull type dog related fatalities. That's about 4 per year.

With non-fatal dog bite injuries you see all breeds represented, and labs are definitely up there, and have been #1 in some years. Cocker spaniels and chihuahuas are consistently near the top, as are various other small breeds.
Any dog that gets loose and encounters a stranger has the capability of biting. You MUST watch the dog's body language regardless of the breed.
Personally I've encountered and handled many pit bulls and their mixes, and I've never been bit by one, unfamiliar dog or not. For that matter I've mostly encountered pit bulls that just want to get in my car and go for a ride (neighbor's pit bull actually climbed in and laid on her back on the floorboard hoping I wouldn't make her get out :p). The personality of a pit bull with even a halfway decent owner is not that different from a lab. They're outgoing and friendly, and if prone to aggression this is usually toward other dogs, not people.
In fact the only dog I've EVER been bitten by was my own miniature pinscher guarding a food item.
Why? I don't usually approach unfamiliar dogs that are showing body language that indicates they may be a bite risk, and if I must approach I approach safely, often with help, regardless of breed.
 
2012-07-26 12:29:23 AM  

Ihaveanevilparrot: You do realize it's no more likely that a pit bull will bite you in that situation over a lab right?


No. No, I don't believe that for one moment.
 
2012-07-26 02:34:54 AM  

FuturePastNow: Ihaveanevilparrot: You do realize it's no more likely that a pit bull will bite you in that situation over a lab right?

No. No, I don't believe that for one moment.


Well, that's your right, but your belief or lack thereof doesn't actually influence reality in any way. Any dog can be made vicious, under the right circumstances. Your prejudice against pit bulls is, most likely, grounded in unfamiliarity and based on disreputable or second-, third-, or fourth-hand accounts (like most prejudices). If you don't believe me, visit your local shelter, and ask them.
 
2012-07-26 11:58:04 AM  

FuturePastNow: No. No, I don't believe that for one moment.


Every person that has been seriously injured by a commonly believed to be "safe" breed would disagree.

Your belief that certain dogs are ok to approach just because of their breed makes you more likely to be a victim. People get bitten all the time because "but it was a lab", or golden retriever, or collie, or some other common family dog breed that they believe won't bite people, and they thought it was safe to approach. You should NEVER go up to a strange dog unless the owner gives permission or you can recognize warning signs in the body language.
I frequent pet message boards, and also have connections to the heads of local rescues, trainers and other people involved heavily in working with problem dogs (not to mention my own experience. I like working with problem dogs), and one popular topic is about kids, or even adults running up to one of their dogs on leash without asking permission and trying to interact because it's a cute lab or something, at which point they have to say "back off! this dog is not comfortable with strangers!"
Too many people have the misconception that certain breeds = safe, which actually puts them at risk because they let their guard down so easily around those breeds.
This is part of the reason that children are more likely to be victims than adults. For one, they are more likely to approach a strange dog, regardless of breed. Also, parents tend to let their guard down around dogs they perceive as safe, such as a family or friend's labrador, and not worry as much about how the child interacts with the animal because they assume these breeds don't bite. They DO, and there are plenty of emergency room visits involving children to show that. MOST dog bite related emergency room visits are actually due to a familiar dog, such as the friendly family labrador retriever that the people assumed would never bite. There is actually I case I remember where a Pomeranian killed a baby. Small dog, can't do much damage, right? Depends on how small the human is.
Also note that statistically bites are more likely with unfixed animals, regardless of breed, and more likely with unneutered males.

A lab isn't as likely to FATALLY injure someone for various reasons. However, ANY breed can bite defensively out of fear (one of the most common reasons for bites, especially with strange dogs), or an uncomfortable attitude toward certain people in it's personal space, or while trying to guard an item (a bite while trying to take a food item, or toy, or anything else the dog has taken possession of are also quite common).
What if the lab you approach is nervous with strangers, people of the same sex, or has been abused by someone similar to you; Do you really think you are safe in this situation because it is a lab?

I'm curious as to where you're getting the belief that dogs like labs are safe, and dogs like pit bulls are more likely to bite you. Is this personal experience? If this is the case I could see how you could be nervous.
The media? Do you feel the media to somehow be completely reliable in this case as opposed to the many other subjects that articles on this website have shown them to be misinformed about, or even blatantly lie? I ask because I've seen many people that are very skeptical about the media, until it comes to something they fear, such as a pit bull attack, especially on children (or anything with children really), and suddenly they consider it a reliable source.

You ought to go work with a rescue if you want some personal insight.
Most rescues are VERY strict with behavior assessing pit bulls because of the negative publicity. They don't want any chance of an unreliable dog getting adopted out. Yet these are still one of the most common breeds up for adoption, and least likely to be adopted. Many good pit bulls are euthanized every day because of people that feel the same way as you.
Besides, these places very much need volunteers anyway.
 
2012-07-26 12:03:49 PM  
I know, tl;dr.

I'm just irked by people that are misinformed about a breed I, and many others, have had so many good experiences with. They are one of the most happy-go-lucky breeds in general that you'll ever encounter if they have a good owner. They are outgoing and friendly, and the main aggression issues are toward other dogs, especially of the same sex, though this is less common in spayed/neutered and socialized dogs. But of course you see this in many breeds, such as australian cattle dogs, malamutes, akitas, etc.
It sucks that they end up with shiatty owners, abused and neglected, or in the pound and ultimately euthanized because of their reputation.
 
2012-07-26 01:58:32 PM  

Ihaveanevilparrot: It sucks that they end up with shiatty owners, abused and neglected, or in the pound and ultimately euthanized because of their reputation.


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2012-07-26 04:15:59 PM  

Ihaveanevilparrot: A lab isn't as likely to FATALLY injure someone for various reasons.


See, this is my main thing, its not that some breeds are more likely to bite than others, is that some breeds if/when they bite can cause a lot more damage. Any dog can be poorly trained. When a beagle loses it and bites someone, theres maybe a some stitches needed. When a pit loses it and bites someone faces get torn off.

My little fuzzball likes to play rough, including gnawing on your hand if you let her know its ok, like grabbing her nose or paws or something, but shes never done it hard enough to leave a mark even if she gets carried away, so i doubt she could cause much damage at all if she were really trying. On the other hand, one time i was over my buddys place, sitting on his sofa and had my feet up on the ottoman, his rottweiler decided we werent done playing and grabbed my shod foot and pulled me off the couch by it. Hes a sweet dog, but i dont ever forget that if he wanted to he could fark me up.
 
2012-07-26 11:03:17 PM  

Cyno01: but i dont ever forget that if he wanted to he could fark me up.


This makes it much less likely that he will. You're probably not going to grab his food or toy away, or punch him in the nuts or something because you have no fear of him.
 
2012-07-27 02:14:30 AM  

Cyno01: When a beagle loses it and bites someone, theres maybe a some stitches needed. When a pit loses it and bites someone faces get torn off.


Thing is though, like I posted above, dog bite fatalities are still awfully rare given the amount of pit bulls and other large dogs people own nationwide.
Serious injuries do happen quite frequently, but statistically this is more likely to happen with a familiar dog, like the family pet, or someone you're friends with. Breed bans are akin to protecting people from themselves, because the likelihood of your dog biting a stranger is much lower than a bite to you, your children, or your friends. And ultimately the owners that are negligent and/or abusive enough to produce a dog that will escape their property and bite strangers, aren't deterred by legislation. There can also be a backlash, in that criminal elements, those more likely to produce unstable dogs, are more attracted to the breed simply BECAUSE it is illegal.
Either way, breed legislation has never been shown to drop the number of serious or fatal injuries from dogs. In fact, since breed legislation has become more common, serious and fatal dog bites have still been on the rise nationwide.

Know your friends, know their pets, be cautious around all dogs and behave appropriately, and you're likelihood of being seriously injured is very low, regardless of how popular any breed is.

By far, injuries are more common in children, so the responsibility of preventing such lies with parents. Teach your children how to appropriately interact around dogs, both your own, and any they may encounter outside of the house. You should never run from a dog, this triggers their prey drive. You should never run up to a strange dog.
Don't leave them unsupervised, especially at a young age (of course I'd say this is at the discretion of the parents, depending on their dogs, their children, and their realistic ability to assess them - if you're at all unsure DON'T do it)
Always remember that your dog is a DOG, and especially in some breeds and individuals territorial guarding and prey drive may be more likely. Never assume that your dog is a specific breed, therefore "safe". We can generalize breeds according to their standards, but all dogs are individuals and not all individuals match their breed standard. Unless your dog came from a reputable breeder that knows their dogs and ancestry well, and those dogs have been AKC or UKC competed and objectively assessed by peers, you can't remotely assume that your dog will match the breed standard, and even then individual dogs may sway from the norm. It may be helpful to have a reputable trainer or behaviorist assess your dog, and target problem areas. Do not pick these people out of the phone book; get references from a local shelter, vet, reputable breeders, ask around at a dog show, etc..
No matter what, a lot of behavior is related to socialization, training, or lack thereof. ANY dog without training or socialization is a potential danger to SOMEONE. Without proper socialization or training, there will always be people or situations that your dog is uncomfortable with, possibly eliciting a bite.

If you have a problem with potentially dangerous strange or free range dogs in your neighborhood then consider carrying bear spray when out and about, and don't leave your children outside unsupervised until the problem is rectified. Personally, as much of an animal lover I am, I WILL shoot a dog that I perceive to be sick or dangerous if it wanders onto my property, but then again I'm in a more rural area. If this isn't legal in your area, as it isn't in many urban areas, or you just don't have the heart for that, and you cannot get your local animal control to pick the dog up, consider trapping the animal and taking it there yourself for their assessment. If the dog is menace in your neighborhood, get signatures and statements from neighbors about it to back up your case.
 
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