A dog in Hialeah, Florida, was sprayed with mace by a postal mail carrier reported Monday’s ABC Local 10 News. The dog, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois named “Barney,” was left in agonizing pain after the carrier sprayed the deterrent in his face on Saturday.
Barney’s owner, Michael Rhoades, recounted the situation to the local news source:
“I come out and I say, ‘Hey, did you just mace by dog?’ because he was writhing in pain on the ground, and she’s like, ‘Yes, I did.'”
Though Barney suffered no long term injury from the painful spray, his owner questions why it had to happen at all. Barney is kept behind a fence, and there is mesh around the mail receptacle to prevent dogs from harming anyone who reaches in to deliver the mail.
Though Rhoades does not want to see the mail carrier disciplined, he does hope that if she feels uncomfortable delivering items in the future, she will choose to leave the mail at a post office for pick up, rather than spraying mace on his dog’s face.
(Photo screenshot via News 10)