So a few weeks back, I was talking to some of my brothers in security about an encounter I had with a stray pittbull on one of the most dangerous streets in the downtown area where I live. I was doing security at a Mexican nightclub at 1:00am so people were drinking inside, having a good time. I was patrolling the perimeter and also making sure nobody had any weapons. There was a grill outside the club where families were sitting at picnic benches. At one side of the building was a dark parking lot with no cameras overlooking a ghetto project neighborhood over the other side of a broken chainlink fence. I was doing my normal routine, walking the perimeter (staying away from building corners as I took wide turns around them). I had a badge, a flashlight, some spray, a knife and a phone. Mind you my job is usually 90% boredom and 10% chaos. On this particular night, however, I was caught offguard by a stray pittbull in the parking lot who appeared to have blood all over its neck and body. I immediately became nervous, and asked the patrons to take their families inside. As the potentially wounded animal approached the entrance to the club, I flicked on my strobe light and started approaching him. The dog had milky white eyes with foam on its snout and chin, with bloody canines peaking behind a devious snarl. I was actually scared for a moment, no lie. But soon I relaxed and started approaching the potentially rabid pitt, yelling at him to "Shrew! Scram! Get outta here!" and soon it took off back into the shadows. I stuck around for a while, then started doing patrols again. I shined my flashlight into the dark corners and shrub areas around the parking lot and behind the club, but I didn't see anything suspicious. Ever since that night, however, I've been wondering about it. What if you are confronted with a stray, potentially rabid animal on the job? What are some ways you could defend yourself, and the people around? What are your thoughts? How could I have handled the situation even better? Just curious to see what others say.