Cops Offer Dog Safety Tips After Bite
Middletown Police Department provides tips on how to stay safe around loose dogs.
After a recent dog bite incident that occurred at Aquidneck Elementary School earlier this month, Patch spoke to the Middletown Police Department to learn how to keep yourself and your children safe from a loose dog.
The department provided the following advice:
As an adult, if you are approached by a loose dog you should:
- Stay calm.
- Stand tall with your arms at your side and do not make eye contact with the dog who may see this as a challenge.
- If you have something in your hands drop it, the dog may be interested in it.
- If you stay still and avoid eye contact, the dog may realize you are not a threat and lose interest in you.
- Never run from a dog, which will instinctively chase you.
- The most important tip to remember is a young child should never be left alone with any dog.
- Teach children not to run or scream if approached by a strange dog.
- They should stay calm, stand still and avoid eye contact.
- Don’t approach a dog who is sleeping, eating or drinking.
If you are bitten by a dog, seek emergency treatment and contact the police department from the jurisdiction the bite occurred.
The Middletown Animal Control officer, Joseph Nunes, is available at number (401) 842-6500 x 7101