A deep-throated growl dripping with fear and venom escaped the dog’s mouth as the man loosened the muzzle. Just as quickly, the man backhanded the dog, tightened the muzzle and swore. Trying once more, the man began loosening the muzzle. Again, a rumbling growl escaped the dog’s clenched teeth. Swearing again, the heel of the man’s boot sunk deep into the dog’s ribs and the muzzle was retightened.