I pedaled fast past two of those dogs, but one dog caught me on a slight hill. He was running alongside me for 40 or 50 yards trying to bite my leg.
On a recent sunny winter day, I went for a bike ride on the quieter Taos back roads. I rode up Witt, along Maestas to Talpa, then back via roughly the same route. I was riding my bike on public roads that my tax dollars maintain. At no time was I on a private road or driveway.
During that time, I was charged by many dogs. Most of those dogs were behind a fence so I knew they were just protecting their yard and that I was safe, but on six separate occasions, including two on Witt Road, I was charged by unrestrained dogs with nothing to block them and no owner in sight.
I pedaled fast past two of those dogs, but one dog caught me on a slight hill. He was running alongside me for 40 or 50 yards trying to bite my leg. Eventually I stopped, placed the bike between myself and the vicious dog, and started throwing big rocks at it until it backed away.
Just then, the owner came running up and yelled at me for throwing rocks at his dog, then proceeded to threaten to shoot me if I did it again.
The next day, I bought a big can of pepper spray. The kind that stops a grizzly bear. Next time anyone's dog charges me while I am riding on a public road I am going to empty the can of pepper spray on it, throw some big rocks at it, then call the cops.
Charles Clayton, Taos
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