A 61-year-old postal carrier died over the weekend after being bitten by five dogs in rural northern Florida, according to sheriffs.
According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the postal worker, Pamela Jane Rock of Melrose, was in the Interlachen Lake Estates area Sunday after her car broke down.
According to witnesses, they heard a woman scream for aid and ran outside to find Rock on the ground with five Dogs assaulting her. The owners of the Dogs, as well as other neighbors, rushed to get the Dogs off Rock.
During a press conference Tuesday, Putnam County Sheriff Chief Deputy Colonel Joseph Wells said, “When a neighbor saw that incident he took his weapon with him and fired three shots into the air.”
According to Wells, the attempt was unsuccessful, and the Dogs had to be physically removed from Rock by neighbors and owners. By the time deputies arrived, the dogs had returned to their owner’s property.
. According to the sheriff’s office, the mail carrier was on the ground and critically bleeding.
Until rescue units arrived, deputies applied tourniquets and administered first aid. Rock was taken to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to a trauma facility in Gainesville in critical condition. According to the sheriff’s office, she died as a result of her injuries on Monday evening.
According to data given by the US Postal Service in June, more than 5,400 postal employees in the United States will be attacked by Dogs in 2021. According to the USPS, Florida was one of the top ten states for dog bites last year, with 201 incidents reported.
According to Wells, the inquiry into the incident is “quite active.”
According to Wells, an early investigation found that the Dogs escaped from a gated yard after they were able to shift boulders surrounding the Barrie.
Following the incident, animal control officers were called to the scene and took custody of the five canines identified by witnesses as being involved in the attack. According to the sheriff’s office, the owner gave over custody of the Canines, who will be executed humanely.
Wells stated that the sheriff’s office and animal control had previously attended to the neighborhood for animal reports, though it is unclear if the incidents involved the same animal.
“We’ve investigated those eyewitnesses, and we’re searching for proof that these Dogs are the same,” Wells said. “We suspect there have been further calls for service involving these Canines, and we are currently evaluating these calls.”
Neighbors told CNN station News4JAX that the Dogs have been a nuisance for quite some time, with the creatures known to jump the fence or emerge from beneath it.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family as they deal with this awful occurrence,” Putnam County Sheriff H.D. DeLoach stated. “It is vital that dog owners take responsibility for keeping safe people for their pets.”
When postal workers deliver mail, the USPS recommends that dogs be kept inside the house, behind a fence, away from the door, or on a leash. The postal office also advises children not to take mail straight from the postal carrier since dogs may see the carrier as a danger.