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Meter Readers Armed Against Dogs – Summary
By Patti Roth
Special to The Herald
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Meter readers for Florida Power & Light are packing a newfangled tool for self-defense against one of the job’s main hazards – aggressive dogs.

The Bite Terminator barrier opens at the touch of a button becomes a harmless shield between the meter reader and a potentially dangerous pet. It’s much kinder and gentler than the pepper spray that workers have carried for years.

John Petty, a meter reader in the Fort Lauderdale district, said he used the barrier three times. Twice the dogs ran away. The third dog ripped the barrier as Petty hopped the fence unharmed.