Good day all. I'm posting this mainly to record the event as it's still fresh in my mind, but also to see how any others have handled this sort of situation.
Today I out enjoying my new fixed gear and was bit on the ankle by a Pit Bull. I was approaching a stop sign when 2 dogs chased after me from a yard to the right of the sign. Before I could dismount, the Pit Bull latched on to my ankle. I groaned in pain and pulled my knife to defend myself. Yes, this may seem silly to all of you, but it was the only thing I could think of at the time. Both dogs fled as I screamed at them. When I felt comfortable enough, I let my guard down and reached for my cell phone to notify the authorities. As I was doing this, I looked for a street sign to let them know where I was at. Well, the street sign had been ripped from the post, so I made my way to the other end of the street. I took a few steps when the owner of the dog exited her house. I told her about what happened and long conversation short, I have her information and she said that the dog was up to date on it's shots. I did comment on the many children's BMX style bicycles in the yard and suggested what if it would have been a five year old? She stated that the dog had never behaved like that in the past. I did not make threats other than stating that if medical attention was needed that I would expect for them to be covered by her.
The ironic thing about this is... I've been around this dog in the past and didn't realize it. The Pit Bull used to belong to my girlfriend's brother (who is unfortunately not the most reputable of characters).
I have not called animal control or the police yet. I've dressed the wounds to the best of my ability.
Here are a few bad quality photos of the damage:
The bite hurts pretty bad and I'm limping on that leg due to the pain. One side of the bite is sore while the other gives a burning sensation. The doctor says I have 72 hours to get something done about it.
If you have expirience dealing with a dog bite, please share your advice on the matter. Thank you for reading and be careful out there!