WASHINGTON COUNTY - After a sudden rash of calls about dogs chasing or attacking people along public roads, the Humane Society of Washington County is reminding people to be aware of their surroundings while walking, jogging or biking.
The organization has received about 10 calls about confrontations with aggressive dogs in the past two weeks, including at least two calls about attacks, Humane Society of Washington County director Paul Miller said.
The complaints have come from all over the county, he said. Some of the dogs appear to have been running loose, while others have escaped fenced yards. One biker reported his handlebars were bent when a dog jumped on them on a road in Hagerstown.
"We're getting a little concerned," said Katherine Cooker, Humane Society spokeswoman.
In addition to the threat of an attack, the sudden appearance of a dog poses the risk of causing a startled biker to swerve into traffic, Miller said.