Columbus family upset after mail carrier reportedly sprayed dogs

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Hilltop family is “irritated” after their three dogs were reportedly sprayed in their yard by the neighborhood’s mailman.

Andrew Birk owns the three dogs – one lab mix and two chihuahuas. He said the dogs are pretty friendly, but can sometimes bark at people walking, and they live on a fairly busy street.

When Birk noticed the gate that leads to Broad Street was left open, he said he went outside and met the mailman.

“After we brought the dogs in, they all had issues with their eyes, their eyes were swollen, they had clearly been sprayed in the eyes,” Birk said.

Birk said the mailman continued to spray even after he came outside.

“I mean I can understand in an extreme situation, the dog runs up, you panic, you mace a dog… but macing a chihuahua is definitely over the line and that irritated me pretty bad,” Birk said.


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Keep your dog under control or your mail delivery will be curtailed. There is no guarantee of mail service in the U.S. Constitution, if it is not safe for a carrier to deliver then stop the mail if the dog is a danger. Spaying a dog with “Halt” is safe and humane; the U.S. Postal Service has been using Halt! Since 1966. You might say they have been conducting field tests for over thirty years. Halt! Products use Capsaicin, a naturally occurring extract of peppers, which, when sprayed in a dog’s face, causes only temporary, but extreme discomfort for the… Read more »

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