Postal carrier, 2 others injured in an attack by 3 dogs in Monett, Mo.

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 5:54 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 10:04 AM CST
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NEAR MONETT, Mo. (KY3) - Authorities are investigating the attack on a postal worker and two others by three dogs.

The incident happened just outside of Monett shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The postal worker suffered serious injuries. Emergency crews transported the postal carrier and two others to a hospital for treatment after the attack. A spokesperson for the U.S. postal service says attacks on mail carriers happen more often than you would think.

“Each year there are nearly 6,000 letter carriers attacked by dogs,” said Strategic Communications Specialist for the U.S Postal Service, Mark Inglett. “We want to make sure we get the word out for everybody to share how simple it is to keep everybody safe.”

Inglett says when a letter carrier comes to your home, keep your dogs inside your house or behind a secured fence.

”If we come to the door and knock on it for a package, place the dog in another room and shut that door behind you, and then come to the door that way we’re good,” said Inglett.

In an attempt to take care of their owners, dogs may view certain situations in a different light. Such as taking your mail directly from the carrier.

”The dogs going to view that possibly as a threat so most times we’re going to put the mail directly in the mailbox we’ll wave high to everybody,” Inglett said.

The U.S. Postal Service says owners are responsible for controlling their dogs. The best way to keep everyone safe from dog bites is to recognize and promote responsible pet ownership. That means reminding your children not to take mail from a carrier either.

”They’re protective of the family and children particular and we can understand and appreciate that and we want to make sure everybody stays safe,” said Inglett.

Investigators have not released the exact location of the attack or the names of the three injured.

The U.S. Postal Service released this statement to KY3 News:

Aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the community. Our message today is to highlight this serious issue and provide the public information on the do’s and don’ts of responsible dog ownership.

Pet owners should:

  • Remind their children not to take mail directly from a letter carrier as the dog may view the carrier as a threat.
  • When a letter carrier comes to the home, keep dogs:
  • Inside the house or behind a fence
  • Away from the door or in another room
  • On a leash

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