For the purposes of transparency and to address the point the AC&R is making about the letter carrier being attacked by two dogs, I am making this clarification. One dog was Bandit who resides in the home where the incident took place, the other was a visiting dog.
I will attempt to keep the facts separate and not confuse the issue of the allegations brought before Bandit. In that regard, I have focused the series of events on that day in April 2010 to the allegations brought against Bandit and not the other dog, since Bandit is the one to be euthanized.
Indeed there was another dog inside the home when the letter carrier came knocking. It was during the time that the dog handler opened the door that the other dog (not Bandit) was sniffing and barking and was held by her harness while the exchange of signature happened for the notorious registered letter. While the dog was restrained from exiting the front door as the signature exchange occurred, that’s when Bandit wiggled her way out and presented herself before the intruder.
The other dog slipped out of her harness and wiggled out the door as well just as the letter carrier was kicking Bandit in the face repeatedly. When he saw two dogs now, he ran and could have slipped on the grass–although he states he was knocked down–and this is when he states Bandit allegedly bit his thigh. He received a bite from the other dog on the arm.
You’re not hearing much about this other dog because she was released at the dog hearing and is free in the community no doubt under some sort of restrictions imposed by the AC&R as result of that being her first bite incident. This particular dog has never bitten before nor since.
So why again was Bandit detained and ruled vicious and dangerous and condemned to die by euthanasia? Read my story ‘First Bite Allegation…’ on this page.
Have a look at this picture – it’s the only bite wound that was attributed to Bandit and allegedly inflicted on the day the letter carrier delivered the registered letter. You see that Karyl Marsh the Administrative Hearing Officer is pointing it out with her red finger nail. Hard to see, requires a pointer.