Hopefully somebody will read this, I know that it has been a few weeks since the message started about pepper spraying an animal.
I just wanted to share my story about my puppy being pepper sprayed. Tucker is a three and a half month old golden retriever puppy. Last week, I went out to get my mail because I heard her dropping the mail into my box. My puppy followed me out the door and was jumping at my feet for attention. The mail carrier felt "threatened" walking away from the dog and came back towards myself, and in the process of warning me that she was going to mace him, she already had begun macing him. The thing that really upsets me is that Tucker did not know she was there until she maced him and secondly, she didn't give me much of a warning. I was right in the reach on Tucker (I even got pepper spray on my pants) and she emptied a can of pepper spray on him. I proceeded to ask for the can to get the info to the vet; she refused and continued walking on. When I carried my blinded puppy to her I asked her the following question, "When was the last time you heard of a golden retriever puppy mauling someone?” I then said how unnecessary her action was.
All she could say was that she felt “threatened”. I respect her fear, but she came back up the driveway to mace him, that doesn’t appear to be fear to me. Anyway, I called and spoke with her supervisor and found out that she had only been working for the post office for two weeks. I felt as if my puppy was her first target practice so she would know how if felt to mace a dog. In my heart I know it was excessive force, but as her supervisor stated, it was illegal that my puppy was off a leash and I am not in the position to judge how threatened the carrier felt. I then asked if there was any discretion used by their employees if a dog is clearly not an aggressor. All I could do was file a complaint with the humane society and ask that she won’t be on our route with all of the dogs in my neighborhood. I suggested that she would be better off as a paper pusher if she felt so threatened by a golden retriever puppy.
My neighbor called to justify my compliant and told the supervisor how embarrassed the carrier must to go home to her family and explain to them how and why she had such a bad day because she felt it was necessary to spray a puppy. The next day however, the mailer carrier was not present and the other carrier who knew my dogs name came and gave them treats.