DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A bloody mailbag, a can of pepper spray, letters littered all over the front yard; All left behind after a mailman was viciously attacked by a pit bull outside this home on Ozark Avenue in Dayton Thursday afternoon.
"It was a really ugly scene because he was badly hurt. There was blood all over the scene," says Dayton Police Sgt. Moises Perez.
Police believe neighbor Joe Brewer may have saved this mailman's life.
Brewer saw the attack and yelled at the pit bull, causing him to retreat back into the home.
"His hands was swelled. He was bleeding from his elbows, from his biceps down, wasn't nothing but red, both his arms. it chewed him up good," explains Brewer.
The mailman was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital with extensive injuries but he's expected to survive.
His name isn't being released.
Vicious dog charges are pending against the pit bull's owner.
The United States Postal Service is conducting its own investigation into the incident.
USPS spokesperson David Van Allen tells me that postal workers are trained to defend themselves against dog attacks in addition to using pepper spray.
"They're taught to hold their bag, which has the mail in it, in front of them as a shield and to stand still, to not stare down the dog, to look away from the dog to hold their ground, to back up slowly. For most dogs that works but, in this case, the pit bull went ahead and attacked anyway," Van Allen told 2 NEWS.
Van Allen says in the past three months in Dayton, there have been ten incidents involving postal workers and dogs. Nationwide, that number is more than 2700 so far for the year.
He says there are things you can also do to help protect these postal workers.
"They really ought to keep the dog behind a closed door. Dogs are territorial, they want to defend their neighborhood," explains Van Allen.
The pit bull was taken away by Animal Control Officers.
Van Allen says it's typical procedure to suspend mail service until the threat is removed but it's still unclear whether that will happen.
If you don't receive your mail Friday, call your local post office.
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