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#365886 - 02/01/10 05:52 PM Dog Packs  
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Hi all,
I have a friend on the island that bikes almost everywhere. Last May he was attacked by a pack of 4 or 5 dogs and had his ankle and calf bitten up pretty badly, the scars were plainly visible when I was there in December. He also knows of a lady there that had her foot bitten up pretty badly as well. Both incidents were in or near the DFC on the lagoon side of the island.

Anyway … he was hit again by another pack of dogs; again in the DFC, not so bad this time. Another friend, here, asked “why doesn’t he get some pepper spray”. My question is “Can you buy pepper spray in San Pedro, or in Belize City for that matter? Is this a good idea? Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Cheers.

#365889 - 02/01/10 06:28 PM Re: Dog Packs [Re: Freezer]  
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Hate to ask but what is the DFC?


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#365891 - 02/01/10 06:45 PM Re: Dog Packs [Re: ExOkie]  
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I believe Pepper spray is illegal to use in Belize

DFC is a housing estate on the lagoon







#365901 - 02/01/10 07:06 PM Re: Dog Packs [Re: Gaz Cooper]  
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How about some water and ammonia mixed and put in a squirt gun of sorts?


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#365915 - 02/01/10 07:44 PM Re: Dog Packs [Re: champion]  
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Captain Sharks sells pepper spray so i assume its not illegal


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#365917 - 02/01/10 08:16 PM Re: Dog Packs [Re: swanno]  
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Actually it is under the new weapons laws.

#365939 - 02/02/10 08:40 AM Re: Dog Packs [Re: ExOkie]  
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Originally Posted by ExOkie
Hate to ask but what is the DFC?

Its a housing project on the south end of the island!
'Development Finance Corporation'.
affordable homes for the locals.


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#365962 - 02/02/10 10:01 AM Re: Dog Packs [Re: elbert]  
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Maybe just squirting some plain old water would work?

#365973 - 02/02/10 10:19 AM Re: Dog Packs [Re: JZB]  
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Prior to moving here I was deathly afraid of dogs. I had a lot to learn and was turned onto the Dog Whisperer on National Geographic channel.

I now have dogs and am not even afraid of the packs. What I learned is:
1) Do not try to run away. I stand them down.
2) Do not speed by a barking dog; slow down. Whether on foot, bicycle or golf cart your running makes them think you are guilty.
3) Carrying a stick or machete represents a threat. If you must carry one do so in a non aggressive way.
4) The dogs here are mostly “working dogs.” Their job is to protect their property. I can go shopping and leave purchases on the golf cart as long as I have Pepe there. Otherwise things tend to walk-a-way. My towels for wiping the seats do not last an hour. I’ve even had a bag of garbage taken.
5) Do not reach out to a dog you do not know – let the dog reach out to you.
6) There are dogs here that will attack anyone carrying ganja.

I am not defending the wild packs of dogs. However, people who are used to only contained dogs may think that two or three dogs together represent a pack. I could not tolerate housing a dog that was not ever allowed to run and socialize. The dogs here are mostly socialized and when left to be natural dogs have a lot of friends; two legged as well as four.

Our dogs are our best friends and best security.


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#365977 - 02/02/10 10:32 AM Re: Dog Packs [Re: JZB]  
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Originally Posted by JZB
Maybe just squirting some plain old water would work?


And maybe it wouldn't work?

Is arming tourists & residents really a solution to the problem?

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