USPS Tries to Foil Violent Dog Attacks
Los Angeles, CA - Postal employee, Judy Nixon, participates in a training session designed to help USPS officers fend off dog attacks. If the image looks shocking to you -- imagine what a mail carrier is exposed to not wrapped in heavy gear and facing a vicious dog.
Thousands of mail carriers are attacked each year. The best the US Postal Service can do about it is hope to "educate" dog owners. 25 years ago, such an approach might have worked. Now, however, both urban and rural postal workers face the threat of fighting dogs -- AKA pit bulls -- dogs selectively bread for an activity that is felony in all 50 states: dogfighting. These dogs attack human beings and animals without provocation and inflict extraordinary harm.
At Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Los Angeles, postal workers get to test their skills on the real thing: a 3-year old pit bull named Hurricane and Ajax, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois (Malinois are used by many police force K9 units). Instructor, "Lucky" Aguilar, shows mail carriers proper actions to take if attacked and ways to avoid being attacked. He tells the Press Telegram:
"The thing I hope they (carriers) take away from this is that maybe it's something they are doing that is provoking the dogs," Aguilar said. "Carriers should never show fear and use their satchels as a barrier," he said.
DogsBite.org thinks "Lucky" has a few screws missing in his head, this is perhaps because he is a pit bull owner. It's not the job or actions of a mail carrier that has shifted in the last quarter century, it is the dog breed. The very fact that postal workers are taking his "training course" shows the rest of us (who do not have missing screws) just how dangerous these dogs are.