Shoulder is Separated in Attack
Springfield, IL - A mailman was hospitalized after two pit bulls attacked him. The 60-year-old mailman was walking down the sidewalk and saw the front door open on one of the houses. There was no screen or window in the storm door (neither of which would stop a pit bull anyway). Two pit bulls jumped through the opening and attacked him.
One of the dogs bit the man on the right upper arm, causing him to fall to the ground and his shoulder to separate. The other dog bit him on the inner left thigh. The man fought back, and the dogs ran back into the house. The mailman was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, and Sangamon County Animal Control took custody of the dogs.
Police said the man had no mail for the house where the dogs were; he was simply walking down the sidewalk past the house on his route.
In other news:
Two Columbus Mail Carriers Attacked by Pit Bulls
Columbus, OH - In mid June, two different mail carriers in Columbus, Ohio were attacked by pit bulls in two weeks. The first carrier was attacked during his deliveries on Parkwood Avenue on the east side. The man had to be hospitalized after sustaining numerous bites to his arms, legs and chest. The dog pushed open a storm window to pursue the man. (Carrier's hand wounds shown in photo.)
On June 5th, a pit bull attacked a female carrier walking her east-side route on Woodland Avenue. She suffered wounds to her arms, legs, abdomen and face and was treated at Grant Hospital. Ohio state law deems all pit bulls as "vicious" and requires special rules to own them, including keeping the dogs confined. Another person seriously injured because a pit bull owner refuses to abide by safety laws.
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