How do I protect myself against dog bites?

Tips to prevent dog bites:

  1. Never approach a dog you don’t know or a dog that is alone without its owner, especially if the dog is behind a fence, tied with a rope or chain, or in a parked car.
  2. Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping or guarding something. Dogs naturally guard their puppies, food, bones and toys.
  3. Never chase or tease dogs. Don’t poke, hit, pull, or pinch a dog.
  4. Always ask the owner’s permission before petting a dog.
  5. Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
  6. If attacked, give the dog an object, such as a jacket or backpack to bite or chew on.

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1. What do I do if I have been bitten by an animal?
2. If my animal has bitten someone, will Burke County Animal Control take the animal from me?
3. Does my animal have to be quarantined at the animal shelter?
4. How do I get a copy of a bite report?
5. How do I protect myself against dog bites?
6. If you are approached by a dog that may attack you, follow these steps: