According to Dr Scott Miller, if a dog attack takes place, there is no way of helping without placing oneself in danger as well.
Some of these potentially dangerous dogs have powerful jaws “so pulling the dog off is not a good idea”.
However, he advises people to use “something to frighten or shock the dog” like spraying the dog with water or throwing dust or sand in its face.
Sometimes, a more heavy handed approach may be needed, though severe caution needs to be instituted to avoid further harm being caused to the victim or the person trying to help.
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