Dog Bites Mailman

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

Last year alone, 3212 letter carriers were bitten by dogs in this country. This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and because so many mail men have to deal with this problem, the Lexington Post Office had two recent bite victims relate their stories today.

Letter carrier Brad Coulter told 27 NEWSFIRST, "I had delivered mail to a house on a day it was snowing and sleeting, and as I walked away, the lady opened the door to ask me a question and the dog ran out between her legs. He was on me in a second. It bit me on the leg and then jumped up and had a hold of my hand and the mail, and the whole time I was trying to get my dog spray off my satchel. The owner had told me the dog would never bite me. She said it had never bitten anyone."

And almost invariably, that's what owners claim when their unrestrained dogs attack mail carriers. There is currently a proposal before city council that would beef up the Animal Control staff.

Councilman Kevin Stinnett says, "Ten years ago, we had 12 Animal Control officers on the street. Unfortunately, that has been reduced to 6 over time due to funding problems, but the mayor has proposed to double that number at the recommendation of the Dog Task Force that I chaired last year."

Animal Control Officer Tim Mitchell told the media today one thing letter carriers should do if approached by a dog is assume a non threatening stance, but Mike Boley didn't even have time to think about his stance.

He recalls, "When I came around the truck, that unleashed dog was no more than 3 feet from me. I tried to get my satchel up between us but he hit me so hard I just went down."

So now most Lexington letter carriers err on the side of safety and operate on one simple theory: IF IT'S GOT TEETH, IT'LL BITE.


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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on May 23, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    Some people dont appretiate their door delivery mail service. Carriers are bit all the time like the stats show. Ive heard of a carrier watching a big dog while walking and a small dog sneak up and bite his ankle. Sure its funny when its not a large or serious bite but its not funny if your the one gettin bitten. Simple solution is to allow carriers to pass a house after a few warnings and force them to get a PO box.
  • by Pulaski Co Location: Ky on May 23, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    I have tried, as well as my parents and their surrounding neighbors, to get the dog warden out to collect 4 mixed(they look like pitt bull dogs) from a crippled mans residence across the road. My parents have called at least 3 times,I have called twice and I don't know how many times the neighbors called only that they did. These dogs have now twice tried to attack my mom who is 67 and my dad that is 84.I spoke with the people at animal control in Pulaski and can't get any help. The owner don't want the dogs but in his condition he can't do anything with them. I told the dog warden's office the last time I called I was going to contact the media if something was not done. We can't shoot them for fear of prison time so what do you do. Wait until they maul my parents. They have already tried to kill the cat and dug under my parents chain link fence to get to their dog.I wish 27 news would go to Pulaski Animal Control and ask a few questions. This guy gets paid to do a job.It isn't done!!

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