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31 thoughts on “2022 Dog Bite Fatality: Rural Postal Carrier Dies After Vicious Attack by Pack of Dogs in Putnam County, Florida

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  1. I’m going to venture a guess and say that the neighbor couldn’t get a clear shot at the dogs. So, he aimed at the ground instead.

    As for animal control seizing the dogs, I’m okay with that if euthanasia is the next step.

  2. Those open-air postal trucks are made for easy-out, easy-in access. The ones that look like a hybrid of a small Jeep and a large golf cart. There is no protection whatsoever for postal carriers.

    Because we are in this newer age of Frankenmaulers, a covered car for US mail carriers ought to be designed and manufactured asap.

      • Nuzia: Did you stop to think through this post prior to hitting the send button?
        Retired letter carrier.
        Retired tactical paramedic.

        • LT, I did. What do you suggest as a means of protection against getting mauled to death? Death by pitbulls is a grisly death where the dogs are eating innocents before their death.

          • I see that the USPS does not generally allow concealed carry. In retrospect, I can see allowing firearms on routes would probably open up more problems for the USPS. Including a more stringent hiring protocol for route workers, more lawsuits, etc. So I can see this is inadvisable. To be clear, no firearms for route carriers or other postal workers in general as I previously suggested.

        • Nunzia’s idea and thoughts are great on this subject and sensible & rational. So I don’t know what ur problem is “L T”

          • Jay, bless your heart for supporting me. In this case, though, my second response to LT was a retraction of my earlier suggestion of arming the USPS route carriers. We are thinking of the tragedy of this dear woman’s life, Pam Rock, and other government employees murdered by pitbulls.

            The arming of a currently unarmed agency, the USPS, would require the implementation of a program of enormous magnitude of resources and finances. Even though a government pension would be great, I personally would balk at the danger of being a route carrier in this age of Frankenmaulers.
            Also, the USPS has been struggling in recent years.

            I can see by the last sentence of my retraction that I wasn’t as clear as I had hoped to be.

            BTW, I am guessing that LT is a former lieutenant of the military and is a vet of the Vietnam War, or Operation Desert Storm, or Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

          • I agree that ideally postal workers should be allowed to carry guns, but I also understand the enormous liability that would open the USPS up to (which is why most employers do not allow employees to carry.) I think pepper spray and dog whistles should be allowed, but these may have limited affect on pitbulls. I think it would be good that an employee that has gone through a certain level of conceal carry training on their own time and expense, should be allowed to carry…..but these people may already be carrying, recognizing that they will be fired and lose any possible pension if they should ever have to use their gun.
            I think postal workers should be allowed to refuse deliveries, and indeed encouraged to refuse deliveries, in dangerous situations. My understanding (and this may differ from city to city) is that someone with a dangerous dog is 1st given a warning and 30 days to build a fence or whatever to keep their dog contained, and then if the situation isn’t rectified, their postal delivery is stopped. I think it should be immediate, if a postal worker feels a dog is dangerous or fence in adequate, it should be an automatic stoppage of postal delivery until the situation is rectified.

  3. My neck of the woods. Again. Putnam is one of the poorest counties in Florida. I’m surprised Animal Control turned up at all. Nearly the entire county is rural. A lot of poverty and drugs. There are leash laws, but no one to enforce them. Also, lots and lots of dog fighting. People are well advised to keep their normal dogs close. They disappear, stolen, to be used as bait dogs.

  4. It said they were bulldog mixes.
    So I guess that means they’re pitbull mixes. How horrible for the mail carrier. Shame on people who let their dogs run at large. Although the dogs did the deed, they couldn’t have done it without being loose. Blame the owner and destroy the dogs.l

  5. Several thoughts on the attack by a pack of what appear to be pitbulls:

    ***Pam Rock, a federal employee. Several months ago Summer Beard was also attacked by a pack of pitbulls while working as a State of Alabama Public Health employee.

    What does it take for America’s legislators to vote for a ban on all pitbulls and pitbull mixes in our country? This is a public health emergency. Children, adults, government employees murdered by pitbulls. Citizens afraid to be outdoors due to fears of being attacked.

    ***Pam Rock was youthful and fit. Her husband has lost decades of love and happiness that he had a right to expect. All due to people whose dogs Several thoughts on the attack by a pack of what appear to be pitbulls:

    ***Pam Rock, a federal employee. Several months ago Summer Beard was also attacked by a pack of pitbulls while working as a State of Alabama Public Health employee.
    What does it take for America’s legislators to vote for a ban on all pitbulls and pitbull mixes in our country? This is a public health emergency. Children, adults, government employees murdered by pitbulls. Citizens afraid to be outdoors due to fears of being attacked.

    ***Pam Rock was youthful and fit. Her husband has lost decades of love and happiness that he had a right to expect. All due to people whose dogs were already a known threat.

    • I knew the victim and attended her memorial service. She was never married and once upon a time served in the Peace Corps. In her earlier years she worked at Yellowstone National Park and on an Indian Reservation teaching nutrition to mothers-to-be. My colleague lived a very full and happy life. She had a large family and was loved by so many and that was clear at her memorial service. She was also a huge UF Gator fan and was a member of the marching band when she attended the university. Pam was so excited to have the job with postal service because she loved new challenges. She told me a few stories about the customers she served. And she was a huge animal lover. In lieu of flowers for her funeral she wanted funds to go to her favorite animal shelter. The way she died was senseless.

      • Cry, thanks for your thoughts. I posted the link below to Pam’s obituary. My condolences to you on the loss of your friend. What a life of service she led! How fortunate you are to have known her!

    • Anyone who owns a vicious dog breed knows they are capable of harming someone and puts them in a place that the dog can repeatedly easily escape to the road knows what they are doing. That is a crime. A murderer.

  6. How sad and inexcusable the dogs were loose and able to attack and kill her.
    I wonder who is going to replace this mail carrier.
    Who would want the job? Would he/she want to drive the same vehicle that led to this poor woman death.

  7. Interlatchen Grandin and Satsuma Dunn’s creek and near Hoot owl ridge road there are dogs barking and chasing cars driving by. If I had my window down they would jump in the car and attack. The dog owners need to know this is the same as a murder a very bad disgusting murder. If they think it is ok to be careless and let something like this happen, what they think is ok to allow could turn out to be them walking down that dirt road. Do on to others as you would have them do to you. My heart is broken to hear this. This should not have happened.

  8. Essentially no other type of dog will enter a yard, a house or a vehicle to maul a victim.

    It takes a game / insane /psychopath /Joel Guy Jr type of dog, that has no sense of limits, to commit these totally preventable horrors.

    • Debbie, what is horrifying to me is that sometimes pitbulls are entering homes thru a doggy door. Too dangerous to even safely own a dog.

  9. As with all these death by dog cases, this is horrific and profoundly sad. This poor woman was only trying to do her job. I admire postal workers so much. They work tirelessly in all kinds of conditions and are frequently victims of dog attacks. Thank goodness most survive. Pam looks like a lovely, friendly person who loved her job and was loved by many. Her smile is dazzling. She deserved better. This makes me feel sick at heart. I’m afraid we’ll never be able to stop this. We cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube. These pits and pit mutts are ubiquitous. The shelters are packed with them. And, we have these moronic owners who let them run wild, destroying our sense of safety and wellbeing. May Pam rest in peace.

  10. The neighbor fired “several shots into the air and into the ground….”??? And acting like he did something good? Whoever that neighbor was has watched too many westerns and knows nothing about firearm safety. Every instructor will tell you to do neither. Those rounds would have been better served into the dogs, to try to save the woman’s life.

  11. It’s too bad while the dogs spent years running loose ‘without collars or tags’ no one did the shoot, shovel, shut up routine or at least tossed them some poisoned meatballs. A life could have been saved.

  12. If I am counting correctly there have been 39 deaths by dog in the US this year so far. It seems that the hounds from the “pit” of hell have been unleashed. I agree that there needs to be more sss as mentioned by KaD. We the people need to stand up against homicidal stupidity.

  13. Putnam County Animal Control does not sound as proactive as it should be.

    “Jones fears the stray dogs might attack her pets. She says any time she calls Putnam County Animal Control, she’s told if she can capture the dog and bring it to them, they’ll take it.

    It’s something she’s already had to do once – borrowing a crate, luring the stray in and driving it 30 miles to the shelter in Palatka.”

    https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/life/animals/putnam-county-trapping-stray-dogs/77-4438417e-6684-4732-b403-606be73473f6

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