Cases of dog attacks on postal carriers in Pueblo on the rise

PUEBLO, Colo. - Eight postal workers have been attacked by dogs in Pueblo this year alone. Now the post office is asking for the community's help in making sure it stops.


"Yeah, this one right here is a very, very dangerous dog here," said Johnny Morris, a postal worker, while walking his route.


Morris has his regular mail route in the Bessemer neighborhood in Pueblo.


"That is an extreme high number,” said Minnette Williams, the Pueblo Post Master.


Williams said she needs to get this under control for the safety of her mail carriers.


"I need my carriers to come home safe so they can work another day," Williams said.


Donald Hemphill has worked for the post office for 18 years and has been bitten three times.


"It's a typical day, every day when you try and deliver the mail, you know whether the dogs are there. You shake the fence first to make sure the dogs not loose," Hemphill said. 


The post office and Pueblo Animal Control have a partnership to try and stop any future bites.


"This isn't just a civil ticket, this is a ticket that you can face heavy fines, you can face time in jail," said Lt. Lindsay Vigna an animal control officer.


But they need the help of the community more than anything.


"Put the dog in another room or insure that they can't get out when you open that door," Williams said.


The number of bites at that one station in Pueblo is twice as high as any other office in Colorado or Wyoming.

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