We all know that dogs will really bark at strangers, that includes postman. So, when I came across this news on People.com, it made me sad and disappointed. I mean, what if he did that to my dog…I would be furious!
In Hialeah, Florida, a man claims a postal worker sprayed his dog with tear gas for no reason on Saturday.
Michael Rhoades noticed his 6-year old Belgian Malinois, Barney, was writhing on the ground in pain. He rushed outside where a postal worker admitted to spraying the dog in the face with a dog-repellent spray.
“They have every right to protect themselves, but when my dog’s inside its yard, that’s pretty much where her rights stop,” Rhoades explained to WPLG.
Michael Rhoades of Hilaleah, Florida, is trying to make sense of what happened to his dog Barney.
According to Local News 10, who reported the story, the man came out of his house on Saturday to find his Malinois in extreme discomfort and a postal worker standing nearby.
“I come out and I say, ‘Hey, did you just mace my dog?’ because he was writhing in pain on the ground,” Rhoades told the news station. “And she’s like, ‘Yes, I did.’”
Rhoades is shocked that a government employee would purposefully hurt Barney, who Rhoades says was behind the fence in his yard during the entire encounter.
“They have every right to protect themselves, but when my dog’s inside its yard, that’s pretty much where her rights stop,” Rhoades said.
The postal worker who sprayed the dog with tear gas maintains that she did so in self defense, when it looked like Barney was about to bite her. Local News 10 confirmed with the United States Postal Service that mail carriers do have repellent on hand, but are only supposed to use it when an animal attacks them.
“Last year, Postal Service employees nationwide sustained over 5,000 painful dog bite injuries,” U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Debra Fetterly told Local 10 News. “The Postal Service’s priority is the safety and well-being of its employees, including our letter carriers who deliver the mail. Local postal officials are investigating this matter and will take appropriate action as warranted.”
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