riders swear by Halt pepper spray that they clip to
their handlebar. This stuff works great—if you
hit your target. That’s a big if when you and
Spot are going different speeds, the air is moving,
and you’re trying to stay on the road. Pepper
spray stings a dog’s eyes, nose and mouth, but
it doesn’t cause lasting damage. It also works
on human attackers, but that’s a different story.
up and get off.
If nothing works and Toodles has the upper hand, dismount
quickly and hold your bike between you and those sharp
teeth. Swing it like a weapon if necessary, and start
calling for help. Someone may eventually come out
of a house and yell, “Oh, he won’t hurt
If you are attacked and bitten, report it to the county
sheriff or other authority immediately. Include the
location, a description of the dog and the owner’s
name and address if you know them. Get medical attention
without delay. If the dog was rabid, you are at risk
of serious illness or even death. Demand proof of
rabies vaccination or insist to authorities that the
dog be quarantined.
the same dog accosts you every time you ride the road,
report this to the authorities, too. You have a right
to use public roadways free from fear for your life,
liberty and pursuit of cycling happiness. Keep following
up with calls to make sure steps are taken to put
PupPup on a rope.
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