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Basic Tools for Safety:
- Always keep your pets leashed.
- Carry your phone and call 911 if you are attackedor are concerned for your immediate safety.
- Carry an air horn with you. A blast of this noisemay scare off aggressing animals/people and will let neighbors know you need assistance. (A long loud blast may also often break up a dog fight).
- Be aware of your surroundings. Should you encounter aggressive loose animals, items such as trash cans, lawn furniture, fenced yards, parked vehicles and outdoor hoses may assist you.
- Walk in populated, well-traveled and well-lit areas. Walk purposefully and know where you are at all times. Know your neighborhood and where you are safe.
- If you see loose dogs ahead of you, or dogs that are agitated at a fence line, try crossing the street or walking in another direction to avoid them.
- Avoid approaching loose animals if you have your pet with you and avoid interaction with 3 or more loose dogs whenever possible.
- If you are walking your pet, loose dogs will approach other dogs. If you have a small dog, quickly pick him up and start moving away from the loose dogs.
- Keep in mind that dogs can be startled by loud noise or fast movement – so do not scream or run.
- Report non-urgent violations, such as loose dogs, using the 311 “app” that can be downloaded from dallascityhall.com/services/311. Reports can be filed quickly from your phone and provide information to help DAS pinpoint areas of heavy loose dog activity.
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