Should Have Released Photos of Len Epperson
Milpitas, CA - The U.S. Postal Service has released a picture of Milpitas letter carrier, Mai-Anh Nguyen, as she appeared just after she was mauled by a pit bull while delivering mail last year. The hope is that by showing the images, people with dogs will begin to understand the damaging effects of these attacks, which stretch far beyond money.
In a written statement, the U.S. Postal Service says, "While the cost in pain and suffering cannot be measured, medical expenses, workers compensation, legal costs, delivery curtailment, carrier replacement, and other costs associated with dog bite incidents are estimated to exceed $25 million annually."
The USPS does not support pit bull regulations; it is unclear why.
Nguyen, 50, was on her appointed rounds that day, when she was viciously attacked by a pit bull. The USPS said vehicles in the driveway blocked her view of the dog. The pit bull rushed from an open garage door, lunged at Nguyen and caused significant injury to her face. "There was not even enough time to pull out my dog spray," Nguyen said. "It happened so fast."
Nguyen said people should, "Keep dogs indoors and restrained." The Postal Service also reminded the public that pet owners and homeowners can be held liable for all medical expenses and other costs if letter carriers are attacked, which can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet many pit bull owners are judgment proof. There goes the liability theory USPS!
The cost of pit bull attacks on USPS workers must be damning.
If the USPS recorded the cost of pit bull injury versus the cost of injury by other breeds, the data would be so damning from a liability perspective that they would face huge lawsuits. Not recording this data releases them from the possibility of being sued for knowing pit bull attacks are often far more costly than others, and the entity consistently fails to embrace pit bull regulation.
Len Epperson is a Wyoming mailman that was severely attacked by a pit bull last year.