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.
That is so awful. I have absolutley nothing nice to say about the US postal service. I've never heard about things like that happening in Canada... I'd let the fur fly if anyone did that to my baby when there was no just cause.
Tucker took about three hours to finally look okay. His eyes were swollen shut the entire time. Even while I was rinsing his eyes out, the fumes got me and my eyes, nose, and mouth burned. I forgot to mention how the mail carrier said that it was nothing for a dog to get sprayed because she got a few drops in her mouth once before. I told her not to empathize with my dog who is 20 lb dog being sprayed for six straight seconds and compare it to a 120 lb person merely tasting it.
What I do worry about is the psychological effects this incident has had on my dog. Lately, he is fearful of any stranger who approaches him (he backs up, urinates, and growls). I have socialized him in everyway possible taking him to the dentist, dog park and beachDoes anybody know how to break that habit?
oh god, that sucks, that was what i was afraid of. i don't have any advice(i never do!), but hopefully with time and a lot of encouragement, he will recover. puppies are amazingly resilient, and he is still young, so hope for the best. i really am so sorry that happened to you and your pup, you must feel violated. i'd like to have my way with some pepper spray and that mail carrier...did i just write that???
***Edited By: bessieloubop on 3/1/2005 10:39:50 PM*** Reason: edit
damn it. that was what i was thinking when you wrote that. that it may ruin his perception of people. continue to socialize him and have strangers offer him treats when he meets them. try and make every experience from now on extremely positive and hopefully he can and will overcome this.
Not insulting the USPS since they support Lance Armstrong, that being said in college I worked as a holiday/seasonal driver for UPS. We were armed with biscuits!!! We received canine training so to speak..drivers/workers were friendly. If there was a "problem" dog on the route alternative arrangements were made for everyone's protection. What a bunch of BS it ticks me off!!! Spraying a three month old golden...obviously an extremely dangerous dog...this is a huge steaming crock of you know what.
This is so appalling that I can't even speak...I hope your little guy is able to get beyond this and turns back into your sweet little boy. She SUCKS!!!! So very sorry for you and your boy, I wish I knew something to help. And again, she SUCKS!!! Makes me feel better saying that. LOL
The more I think about this the more PO'ed I get. If you lose a dog a mail carrier is one of your best resources. They know your neighborhood or area, know where your kid(s) may or may not be going to college, your creditors, etc..etc... How difficult or feasible would it be to introduce a program to train letter carriers about canines? Granted each dog is an individual, but this would not be a 200 hour course at the taxpayers expense. Maybe the USPS has training, and unfortunately some people just have dog phobias. Talk with your letter carrier, send her/his name to the evil spirits and hope they sneeze nonstop for a month, regardless!!
File a complaint. You went to her supervisor, you where are unhappy witht he result, now its time to go above them. They have an internal affirs to investigate conduct, you need to file a complaint with them. That is unneeded. Also check your local leash laws, many have diffrent rules when the dog is on your property and acompanied.