Taken directly from the April 27, 2010 County of Sacramento Animal Care & Regulation Administrative Dog Hearing transcript – this is an excerpt from page 18 where the letter carrier describes his encounter with Bandit, after she managed to wiggle out the front door while he was at the door getting a signature on April 10, 2010. Please note the statements:
‘Bandit lunged at me to try to bite me…’
‘…and I kicked Bandit in the face… This happened five to six times.’
His claim was that Bandit ‘lunged’ to try to bite him – if a dog is intent on attacking someone as he claims in this instance, I doubt that that dog would allow itself to be repeatedly kicked in the face, and yet still at that point not inflict any bite to defend herself.
This letter carrier clearly did not follow procedures learned through his employer’s training as a carrier – below are 9 basic instructions a letter carrier must follow in order to be safe around dogs (taken from “How to Avoid Dog Bites”, a letter carrier training booklet from the USPS, publication 174):
Based on his testimony, he did not utilize the letter carrier training he received by his employer. He did not have his mail bag with him. He did not use pepper spray. And he did the exact opposite of what he was trained to do in order to avoid an attack.
It is this writer’s belief that Bandit’s approach was to acquaint herself with this unknown person on her door step. If he had used the training and the tools provided to him by his employer, the situation would have been neutralized and avoided entirely.
NOTE to readers: DO NOT attempt to contact the USPS to complain – this is a matter best handled by those closest to Bandit’ case and anything you try to do in good faith could have a negative impact in the progress we are making.
Let’s use common sense reasoning here: An aggressive and vicious dog that is intent on attacking is not going to put up with repeated kicks to the face and then wait to inflict a superficial wound that is the size of a grain of rice later. No! Human reasoning tells me that an unrestrained dog would immediately go for it and inflict more than one or numerous bite wounds and that those wounds would substantial — and not be the size of a grain a rice — impossible!!
Note that the type of wound that the letter carrier claims to have received from Bandit is also not consistent with a dog bite – go figure! And, note further, that the alleged bite by Bandit to the letter carrier required no (zero) stitches, per his own testimony during the Admin Dog Hearing.
Moreover, to say that Bandit is vicious and dangerous for allegedly inflicting a bite upon a person that occurred on her door step is a topic that deserves further examination.
Here is the bite wound:
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