Pit bull attacks, seriously injures Frankfort mail carrier

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 11:24 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) --   A mail carrier from Frankfort is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull on his route Thursday morning.

Chris Lombardi, 42, was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center Thursday morning. He suffered serious bites to his arms and legs and had to undergo surgery to repair the damage. The dog, Bullson, has been taken to the Franklin County Humane Society.

According to Frankfort Police, Bullson attacked Lombardi from behind while he was delivering mail at a home in the 200 block of Swigert Avenue. Two construction workers down the street heard the commotion and ran to help.

Frankfort Police Major Fred Deaton said, “The emergency responders that were there made note in examining his injuries, they noticed an approximate three inch by three inch piece of tissue that was torn from his arm.”

Lombardi also had bites on his wrist and left leg. It was a vicious attack that didn’t stop with the mail carrier.

“The officers and the animal control officer made note that the dog was barking in a threatening manner and, in fact, when the animal control officer took custody, it bit the boot of the animal control officer. Although it destroyed the boot, it fortunately didn’t injure him,” Maj. Deaton said.  

“He’s never acted hateful or aggressive in any way, shape, or form. So, this is just a big shock to all of us, because that’s not like him at all,” explained Megan Johnson who lives next door.

In fact, she says she trusted Bullson to play in the yard with her 3-year-old. Now, she worries that people will blame his owners for the attack.

“I’m worried for the family because the family is a really nice family and they don’t deserve this at all. They’re great with the dogs, they’re an awesome dog owner, they’re an upbeat family. They’re just very laid back and they don’t deserve what they’re getting right now and all the focus on them,” Johnson said.

But, she also says she’s sick about what happened to their mailman, “We really enjoy seeing his face every day when he delivers the mail and he’s very upbeat…I plan on actually going to see him and letting him know that his route is rooting for him to get better and that we’re sorry that this happened,” Johnson said.

It’s now up to the Franklin County Attorney to decide if charges will be brought against the owners. Bullson’s fate is in the hands of the court.

A spokesman for the USPS says they train their mail carriers to defend themselves against dog attacks by using their mail bags or dog spray. But, sometimes, it still happens. If a carrier has trouble with a dog in a yard, USPS can stop mail delivery or request the residents get a P.O. Box or install a curbside mailbox.
 

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