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City Has New Tool to Keep Staff, Dogs Safe

Post Date:08/03/2017 2:59 PM

Beginning on August 7, 2017, City of Bend Utility Department field staff will carry Halt! Dog Repellent. The new tool is intended to keep staff and dogs safe in the unlikely event of an aggressive dog attack.  

“On occasion, our staff access utility facilities on private property where there are dogs,” said Ken Vaughan, Safety and Risk Program Manager. “If there’s an aggressive dog that attacks a worker, we now have a safe, humane way to subdue the attacking dog and get our staff safely out of the area.”

By carrying dog repellent, staff have a tested, effective tool to deter an attacking dog and safely leave the area where an aggressive dog may be.

The repellent can be used by City staff when all of the following conditions are met:

  • A dog is showing signs of aggression toward staff.
  • The homeowner is unable or unwilling to control their dog.
  • Staff is unable to remove themselves from the situation (i.e. get to their City vehicle).
  • No other alternative exists to safely address the situation.

If the dog repellent is used to subdue an aggressive dog, the effects of the repellent will wear off in 10 to 15 minutes. It will leave a yellow residue on the dog that is removable with washing. This yellow marking helps identify the dog if a check for rabies is necessary. 

When Utility staff need to access easements for facilities on private property, they attempt to notify customers in advance. This helps customers plan ahead to have their dogs safely secured on their property or in their home before staff arrive. In some cases, like emergencies, staff may not be able to notify customers in advance.

Halt! Dog Repellent is 0.35 percent oleoresin capsicum (extract of cayenne pepper) and 99.65 percent mineral oil. It has been used by the U.S. Postal Service since 1966. The American Kennel Club, the American Humane Association, the Popular Dogs Publishing Company and the Humane Society of the United States indicated no objection to the use of the dog repellent by the U.S. Postal Service.

For more information about Halt! Dog Repellent, visit:

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