Michigan authorities are investigating a vicious dog attack caught on video Friday, after a pit bull latched onto a U.S. postal worker for around six minutes.
FOX 2 reports that the incident occured in Detroit, on the city’s west side, after the postal worker began delivering mail off of the 20000 block of Ardmore. Facebook user Oneil Colley captured the incident on video and posted it to social media.
As the tan pit bull latched onto to postal worker’s foot, a male neighbor hit the dog on the back in an attempt to get the vicious canine to let go. When his attempt failed, the neighbor ran inside a home and a woman emerged with broom. As the woman started hitting the dog with a broom, the man recording the incident got out of his car and threw a garbage can at the dog, but nothing seemed to deter it.
The dog let go briefly but immediately latched onto to the postal worker’s arm. The male neighbor emerged with a metal spatula, while the man recording the video got a wheel lock out of his car. Both men began hitting the dog until it let go. The male neighbor used his belt as a leash to try to get the pup under control. The dog then charged at the female neighbor, who fled to her home.
The unnamed 52-year-old postal worker is said to be in stable condition, but had severe injuries to his hand, knee, and foot. The city’s Animal Control captured the dog and gave its owner a ticket.
The neighbor’s owner, who didn’t want to be identified, claimed she has never had any issues with her beloved pet “Boss Hogg” before, ABC 7 reports. She said she was at work when the incident happened, and the dog ran out of her house when her nephew opened the door to leave. The dog owner’s nephew was identified as the man who eventually pulled the dog away with a belt.
“I used to tease and say oh you know he’s a little push over he wouldn’t bite anybody,” the dog owner said. “I could have cried, for the victims as well as my nephew for going through that.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service sent out a reminder about keeping dogs contained while postal workers deliver mail.
“We are deeply grateful to the concerned citizens who came the aid of our letter carrier. Unfortunately attacks such as this provide the postal service an opportunity to remind dog owners that it is their responsibility to restrain their pet in order to avoid attacks against our employees while they are in performance of their duties.”
The dog owner is waiting to find out what Boss Hog’s fate will be. The dog remains behind bars with Animal Control.
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