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WHAT TO DO: Faced with an attacking dog

Outdoor recreation comes with its risks. You can sometimes be pretty vulnerable to your surroundings, including potential animal attacks. (Photo source: Pixabay) Outdoor recreation comes with its risks. You can sometimes be pretty vulnerable to your surroundings, including potential animal attacks. (Photo source: Pixabay)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Outdoor recreation comes with its risks. You can sometimes be pretty vulnerable to your surroundings, including potential animal attacks.

The pit bull attack of a jogger in Vancleave may bring a few questions to mind. For instance, what would you do if you were in a similar situation?

Joe Barlow, Director of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, said there are things to keep in mind if faced with an attacking animal.

"Don't continue to run," said Barlow, "That triggers the prey instinct for animals. They're going to pursue you even harder."

He also recommended bringing something with you to deter attacks. Some runners bring compressed air horns, others bring pepper spray.

"Usually if I'm out running by myself I have mace on me. I usually have something to protect myself. You have to. It's just part of running," said runner Warren Davis.

Warren Davis once encountered a threatening dog while running a race in Florida.

"I was actually winning the race and there is a motorcycle cop in front of me and I had a pit bull come out and he was charging at me. I had to stop dead in my tracks," said Davis, "The dog pretty much froze me. If I tried to move, he tried to bite me."

According to Barlow, staying put and not fighting the dog away was the right thing to do.

"What we recommend is taking a defensive posture. Turning slightly to your side. Keeping your fingers in a ball, keeping your face balled up to keep your fingers from getting bitten. And find a barrier between you and the animal," said Barlow.

The three dogs from Monday's attack in Vancleave are still being held at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.?

Read more: Jogger recalls dog attack: 'I thought I was going to die'

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