American Bulldog Takes Bite out of Mailcarrier
Highland, IN - Twenty-eight-year-old mail carrier, Danielle Lawrence, says survived a brutal dog attack by an American bulldog in Highland on Monday. Lawrence says she was delivering mail in the 3500 block of Wicker Avenue when the huge dog pushed open a backyard gate and attacked her viciously. "It just kept coming at me," she said.
Fortunately for Lawrence, 77-year-old Jo-An Michniewicz was backing out of her driveway when she heard the mail carrier screaming for help. "He jumped onto her and knocked her into the street. She was frantic," said Michniewicz. "I pulled my car up as quickly as I could, right to the edge of the dog without hitting him. I opened the door and I said to her, 'Get in my car quickly.'"
Lawrence got in her car. Had the woman not been there, the outcome probably would have been different. The postal worker, just hired seven weeks ago, said she used her mail bag and pepper spray to try and stop the dog but to no avail. She suffered multiple bite wounds, including a gash on her left knee.
Lawrence said the owner of the dog put a flower pot in front of the broken gate to keep the dog from coming out. "The dog owner, I feel, was irresponsible and should be held accountable," Lawrence said.
The dog's owner did not want to talk on camera and refused comment. Edlin Smith, Highland Postal Office spokesperson said, "Any dog that attacks a person and will continue to attack even after being sprayed should be either taken away or even put down."
In other news:
Dogs Maul 10-Year Old Boy
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - A 10-year-old boy will have to undergo plastic surgery after being attacked by two dogs Friday night, police said. The incident happened in the 1200 block of Whitestone Lane on Friday evening after Christian Franco apparently climbed a fence to retrieve a ball from a yard. The dogs attacked the boy after he entered the yard.
Apparently, the dogs' owner and another person heard the child screaming and pulled the dogs off of the child, according to police. The dogs' owner was cited by animal control on charges of having no license or vaccinations for the animals. The dogs were left in their owner's care Friday night.