LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It's a route he's taken hundreds of times.
The scars are slowly healing after Bruce, a Portland area mail carrier, was attacked by a pit bull Monday afternoon.
"If it was a child, it would've been pretty worse. Then he grabbed my hand that I had my mace with and bit my hand with the mace as well," he said.
The U.S. Postal Service said Bruce was armed with dog spray during the attack, but the pit bull was too aggressive.
Christy Branch admits it was her pit bull Buddy that attacked Bruce and says she doesn't live at 25th and Duncan Street, she was just visiting family.
"I'm sorry that it happened to Brother Bruce and that's why I made the choice to put my dog down. I'm not hiding my dog anywhere. It's been hell. It was like my baby and it was my choice to put him down, I didn't have too."
Bruce is known by many in the community he's served for decades.
"I feel like I made a lot of friends down there," Branch adds, "All my life I've known Brother Bruce and I'm sorry it happened to him and I take full responsibility for everything."
Bruce is the 22nd Louisville mail carrier bitten on duty so far this year, now it's pain medication that helps as he recovers from his beloved profession.
"I just think a lot of people need to beware of what other dogs can do to individuals. Most mail carriers I know, they care for their customers and do everything they can," he said.
The postal service reminds homeowners to keep their dogs on leashes and under control.
The dog owner said her pit bull Buddy has been in her life for ten years and never attacked anyone before Monday.
There's no timeline when or if Bruce will return back to his routes.