Vicious dog that attacked postal worker is found, impounded

Published: Oct. 13, 2017 at 10:55 PM CDT
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Police say they've found the dog that's responsible for attacking a mail carrier. Officers had been searching for the animal ever since its owner took it and fled the scene of the attack Friday afternoon.

Authorities responded to the neighborhood on North Rogers Ave. Friday afternoon following reports of the dog attacking the postal worker while delivering mail.

Neighbors heard the screams and ran to find the woman with wounds to her arm, both legs, and bites over her body.

"The mail lady- when I came out- she was was sitting on the ground holding her leg, and I saw how big it was on the bite and poured some peroxide on her," said Kaylie Cope.

Shawna Hampton explained, "I heard all that and then I ran out of the front and was like, 'Oh my God.' She was laying on the ground holding her arm and her leg. It was ridiculous."

Paramedics arrived on scene and treated the woman. She was taken to the hospital with what police describe as moderate injuries.

Immediately after the attack, witnesses said the dog's owner left her home, put the dog in her car, and sped away.

Family members of the owner told police the dog is a pit bull-lab mix. Neighbors said this was the second time the animal has attacked a person. They claimed the animal recently bit a 13-year old boy.

This is the latest in a string of incidents involving pit bull-type dogs.

In response to recent attacks, the Springfield City Council banned all new pit bulls from the city limits. Despite witnessing Friday's attack, neighbors say they don't agree with regulations being placed on pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

Cori Arb stated, "I have pit bulls myself, and I think that was a pit bull mix. I don't approve of the ban they just put in. But...that owner should go to jail."

Several hours later, police responded to a home on Lombard Streer near Madison Ave. There, officers found the dog and took it into custody. There was no word on where the owner was, or if she was taken into custody.

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