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Steps to avoid aggressive animals

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- It would be a scary situation if a person came face to face with a vicious dog.

But there are some do's and don'ts a person should follow if they find themselves being attacked.  Deputies said the dog that was euthanized Thursday was responsible for the mauling death of a Madison Township woman.  Tuesday, a pit bull was shot when attacked by a Middletown police officer.  In June, a 6-year-old Westwood girl was seriously injured when mauled by a pit bull.  Early Thursday, the Butler County Dog Warden said a woman was bitten by a pit bull on South Second Street in Hamilton.  She was taken to the hospital.

Dog warden supervisor Kurt Merbs said there were steps to take if a person spots a dog that appears aggressive.

"The best thing to do is just cross the street.  If you can avoid it all together, especially if you notice that dog is not on a leash," said Merbs.

Merbs said by taking off and running it may heighten the senses of the dog.

"Don't do anything quick.  A lot of times it's good to slowly bring your hands up so they're not dangling down at the side.  You know, just slowly bring them up and rest them on your hip," Merbs continued. 

One thing a person can use to defend against an attacking dog, an umbrella.  A person can fight the dog off or by opening it  can scare off the dog.  Merbs said when attacked by an aggressive dog a person must defend themselves by staying on their feet.

"You try kicking it to keep it off you, you try pushing it.  The one thing you absolutely don't want to do is go to the ground," said Merbs.

If a person goes to the ground and the dog is strong enough and it knocks them over, try to get back up.  Staying on the ground exposes more of the body, especially the neck area.  Make sure if a person is being attacked they know to yell or scream so someone knows they're in trouble.

The woman bitten Thursday by the pit bull in Hamilton is out of the hospital.  The dog warden said charges are pending, but no one claims to own the dog.

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