I love Dogs, i dont like the thought of ever having to be put in the position of shooting someones animal, However I have a puppy a year old german Shepherd that is not a threat, and there are many people in my area who think its ok to leave their dogs off the leash (even though its illegal here) And many if not all are pittbulls. I had one chase us outside my house the other day, I was able to run back in my house in time. I dont think that dog was big threat but I dont know. My dog is great with people but not a huge fan of small dogs so my dog may get scared and provoke the pitt to attack. Its a nice area here, but people are not to smart leaving their dogs off the leash, even other neighbors tell me that they get scared because they have children playing outside.. My question is would pepper spray do the trick on a pitt? I would use the pyrimid of force (command, kick or baton, Pepper) before shooting a Dog... LIke I said I love dogs and would not want to be put in that situation, but my dog is my buddy so I'll do what I have to to protect it.. I'd like to talk to these neighbors and tell them to leash up their dogs, and almost want to say hey? here is my firearm and I will use it if need be, but I dont want anyone thinking Im out to hurt an animal or even know I carry for that matter.. what would you guys do?