Family wants answers after postal workers allegedly kick and spray their dog

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT)- One Perry County family wants answers after they caught two separate mail carriers on camera, allegedly kicking and spraying one of their dogs.

The owners said both incidents happened within a week of each other and involved their 5-month-old Jack Russell, Rosie.

According to Rosie's Owner, Tristian Dillon, they first saw surveillance video of their mailman kicking Rosie.

"He kept looking around the whole time," said Dillon. "Then after he put the mail in the mailbox, I noticed he kicked Rosie."

However, that was not the only incident. Dillon said after seeing that footage she decided to look back at other footage. That's when she said she found another video showing what appears to be a different mailman, spraying Rosie.

"He walks in, he really doesn't act scared of her, he's just looking around," said Dillon. "Then he puts the mail in the mailbox and as he's walking away he pepper sprays her."

Dillon said Rosie, along with her other two dogs, have never bitten anyone.

"She play bites and stuff like that, like any other puppy. She's only five months old," said Dillon.

Post Office officials say management is looking into the matter.

"They're going to address the situation with the carrier," said Susan Wright, with Corporate Communications for Postal Service in the Kentuckiana District. "Certainly we ask that our carrier not put themselves in a situation where they could potentially be bitten by a dog."

As for the spray, Wright said mail carriers are equipped with dog repellent and the spray is approved by the Humane Society.

However, Dillon believes there were other options.

"I would want to know why they just didn't tell us to put the dog up or tell us they were scared of them or ask us to move the mailbox," said Dillon. "I don't believe any dog deserves to be pepper sprayed or kicked because they don't know what they're doing wrong."

Dillon also said her family moved their mailbox outside of their fence to prevent any further issues.

Wright with the Postal Service also tells us, that if a mail carrier feels unsafe delivering mail to certain homes, they can work with management to arrange an alternative way of getting mail to the homeowners.

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