A postal worker for the United States Postal Service has been caught on camera using pepper spray on a family’s three dogs in Dallas. The dogs were behind a reinforced fence and posed no threat to the carrier.
According to WFAANews, the incident occurred on December 13, as recorded by Giovanni Baena, the owner of the dogs. The letter carrier can be seen delivering mail, but as he walks away, he has a can of mace in his hand and seems to have arbitrarily sprayed the dogs while they were barking behind the fence. The mailman then walks away and continues on his route.
It wasn’t until Giovanni walked outside and saw his dogs acting strangely and appearing disoriented that he watched his security video. No doubt Giovanni agrees his dogs do bark a lot, but certainly he couldn’t understand why that behavior would cause anyone to douse them with pepper spray. After all, the dogs were safely behind a 6-foot-tall reinforced fence and posed no threat to anyone.
Days later, Giovanni made a complaint to an official at his nearby post office. A spokesperson has since apologized and admitted the action towards the dogs was completely unacceptable. It has not been made clear, however if that employee is still on the job.
The Postal Service does not discuss specific employee disciplinary actions, but in all fairness, Giovanni does not want that particular employee delivering his mail any longer.
“They’re just dogs; they’ll bark at anything,” Giovanni stated.
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