Dallas postal workers worried about increase in loose dog attacks

Postal workers addressed the Dallas City Council on Wednesday about the growing problem of loose dogs attacking the letter carriers.

Randell Hebert has been a Dallas letter carrier in Oak Cliff for nine years. He says he’s been bitten by dogs three times, including a pitbull that sunk its jaws into his hand last October.

“They cleaned up the area I was in, and they got rid of most of the dogs,” said Hebert. “But a week later, seeing more stray dogs around.”

Hebert says he's not alone in wanting a safer work environment.

Dallas Postmaster Yulonda Love says letter carriers are on the front lines. She's seen a 33 percent increase in attacks and bites since this time last year. They're calling for help from the city and Dallas Animal Services to be more responsive to dog calls.

“It puts you on edge because you are always thinking that something is going to happen,” said Love. “It's a liability to the company as well as to the customers because if we have issues with dogs, we are now suspending the delivery, which could impact neighborhoods.”

Loose dogs have been an ongoing issue in Dallas, especially in the city's southern sector.

Earlier in May, Army veteran Antoinette Brown was bitten more than 100 times and died a week later from her injuries.

Since the deadly attack, the city has said it would saturate the area with traps and patrols.

On Wednesday, police and animal control were called to capture another dog in West Dallas.

Most agree it's a problem that won't go away overnight but can't be ignored, either.

“At the rate we are going, it's just a matter of time before we have another death from a dog attack,” said concerned citizen Deborah Rodriguez.

The postmaster wouldn't say what areas had suspended service or where that may be up for consideration because of the dog issue. She did say if a letter carrier has repeated issues, something may need to be done, which could mean suspending services.

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