A postal worker for the United States Postal Service caught on camera using pepper spray on a family’s dog in Baytown has been charged with animal cruelty. The dog was behind a fence and posed no threat to the carrier.
According to the Chron , Razaq Ali-Balogun had been delivering mail in May 2018 when a dog barked at him from inside a fenced yard. The postman is then spotted on video surveillance pepper spraying the dog as reported by the Harris County Constable Precinct 5. The dog did not suffer any prolonged damage, however his eyes were swollen shut for 30 minutes. When it happened, the dog cowered and shook violently rubbing its head on the grass.
A postal worker is permitted to use pepper spray if a dog attacks. The dog repellent generally wears off within 15 minutes.
It is unclear if Balogun has been arrested.
Read another disturbing case of a postal worker spraying three family dogs with pepper spray here.