Beeville’s Senior Animal Control Officer Johnny Carabajal said this week that dog owners should make sure their animals are secured in their homes, their yards or on a leash.
Dogs do not understand that kids dress up in strange costumes and go door-to-door on Halloween looking for goodies. And they can easily become agitated at the sight of someone who looks and acts strangely.
But a dog is not as likely to run from a strange-looking person. In fact, a dog might just attack.
Even trick or treaters who take their dogs with them while walking the neighborhoods should make sure they have total control over their animals. No one wants to be responsible for their pet attacking or biting someone. And no one wants to be attacked, not even by a small dog.
Carabajal also warned people that the pets they love should not be eating candy. Keep dogs out of the candy bowl, the plastic jack-o’-lantern or candy dropped on the floor or ground. And never let your child share his or her candy with the family pet.
Chocolate, especially, can be deadly if ingested by a dog.