I’ve pretty much never been a fan of dogs. Growing up I was afraid of just about every dog, big or small. I’ve since gotten over the fear and don’t mind most dogs. I am afraid of dangerous species however. There is a pitbull terrier on my long run route that makes me nervous. Luckily the animal is rarely outside and it’s a relatively well populated street so if I am ever attacked I should at least survive.
A few years ago I unknowingly drove by the scene of a pitbull attack on my way to work. I saw what looked like a bag of garbage on the street. It turns out that was an elderly man who was just attacked by three pitbulls. The cops had already arrived or I would have felt very guilty about not helping (though I had no idea it was a person). This was just one mile from my home.
I’m not really afraid but I am very aware of my surroundings and think about what I would need to do if I were attacked.
There were a couple of attacks this weekend in the city of Rochester: