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Fleeing Suspect Nearly Strangles Salem Police Dog

Monday, October 19, 2015

 

A man was arrested by Salem Police on Saturday for choking a police dog until the dog nearly passed out.

Salem Police responded to reports of a man acting strange and going up to houses in the neighborhood, according to the Statesman Journal. Police arrived at the scene and soon discovered the man, 24-year-old Justin Lozo, of Salem, had an arrest warrant.

Los fled and was pursued by a K-9 unit. The man fought the police dog, Duke, and nearly chocked it unconscious before three officers arrived and subdued Lozo.

Lozo was arrested and treated for wounds sustained during the pursuit. He will be transferred to the Marion County jail. Duke, the police dog, received no major injuries during the struggle.

 

Related Slideshow: Slideshow: 5 Tips For Surviving Dog Attacks

Pit bull breeds accounted for 78 percent of fatal dog attacks last year. GoLocalPDX outlines five things to know about surviving pit bull attacks recommended by Multnomah County Animal Control.

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1) Do Not Run

Stay as quiet and motionless as you can, "like a tree." Quick gestures or running will only bring out the dog’s prey or chase instinct. If you can, slowly back away while turning your head and eyes away from the dog. Also, avoid screaming.  

Photo credit: maplegirlie on Flickr

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2) Protect Yourself

Attempt to place anything you have, such as a jacket or backpack, between yourself and the attacking dog. Keep your arms and hands near your body, making it harder for the animal to reach out and bite you. Also, turn your hands into fists to protect your fingers. If you can, curl up in the fetal position.   

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3) Choke The Dog

If a dog cannot breathe or is choking, it will probably stop biting you. If a dog is attacking you, try to ram either an object or your hand down its throat as far as you can to make it gag. Also, try to put pressure against the animal’s throat and windpipe. 

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4) Do Not Use Force

Although it seems logical, do not try to hit the dog. With dogs like pit bulls, bred to attack, hitting it will only anger it and make it more vicious.   

Photo credit: maplegirlie on Flickr

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5) Report The Incident

Even if you receive no serious injuries, it is best to let the authorities know about a dangerous or menacing dog. It may only injure someone worse in the future. Contact animal control services, such as Multnomah County Animal Control

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