Local mail carrier escapes attack by two pit bulls

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Through rain, shine, sleet and snow, they deliver the mail.

WEAU 13 News has the story of how a local mail carrier narrowly escaped an attack by two pit bulls.

The U.S. Postal Service said when the weather warms up this time of year; more dogs are outside so they see more dogs attacking mail carriers.

That’s why it’s mailing a card to remind dog owners to keep their pooch locked up for the postman.

It’s a route mail carrier Mark Krejchi walks every day.

But Monday morning, he said he faced a dangerous situation: two pit bulls.

“The two dogs came from behind the house and just kept charging at me, they had there ears back, they were growling at me,” Krejchi said.

It happened at a house on the 1800 block of Bellinger Street in Eau Claire.

“There was no doubt in my mind that they were coming at me,” Krejchi said.

He said he quickly got out his dog pepper spray, the first time he’s used it in his 22 years on the job.

“They shook their heads and retreated. They came back and I sprayed them again,” Krejchi said.

The postal worker said the dogs wouldn’t let up and charged at him a total of three times before he ran across the street to a neighbor’s house to call for help.

“I'd almost emptied my can of spray. It was kind of scary there,” Krejchi said.

The US Postal Service said all mail carriers carry dog spray and are trained in what to do if there’s an attack.

It said four mail carriers were attacked by dogs in Eau Claire last year.

In a card being sent out to dog owners, mail carriers are reminding them to keep pets secured in a yard or on a leash.

“And try to keep the dog inside when they know the carrier is going to be there,” said Kim Haas, the US Postal Service Supervisor of Customer Service.

Haas said a dog attack could impact your mail delivery.

“We may require them to put the box at the end of the yard or a curbside mailbox or make them get a P.O. Box,” Haas said.

She said regular problems with dangerous dogs could change how the entire block gets its mail.

“If there is a dangerous dog, we can make the whole block put their mailboxes out,” Haas said.

And if your dog attacks and bites a mail carrier, Haas said you will be held responsible for their medical expenses, lost work hours and other costs.

Krejchi said he’s now keeping a closer eye on dogs on his route.

“Everybody thinks their dog won't hurt anybody you hear that so often and it happens time and time again,” Krejchi said.

The Eau Claire Police Department said the dog owners were ticketed because one of the dog’s registration was not up to date.

WEAU reached out to the dog owners but they did not want to comment.


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  • by nanna on May 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
    Pit bulls MAUL, not just bite. they arent ankle biters, they can kill...
  • by gramma on May 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM
    all dogs can bite- but pit bulls MAUL and KILL. They aren't ankle biters.
  • by Louise on May 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    And this was an adult with pepper spray & the dogs tried to attack him 3 times! What if this was a child walking to a friend's house? I hope these dogs are taken by animal control & destroyed before they kill someone.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    Pit bulls account for 59% of attacks,and 99.9% of pit bull owners are suffering from some form of inferiority complex. Most owners are in a poor class of society., and if it was possible to test their IQ, I would bet they are in lower end of that curve also.
  • by me on May 24, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    somebody stated we need to look at statistics. Well here you go: A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in a recent 3-year period. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%. Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period. The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on May 24, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    I frequently ride the bike trails in town, whenever I come across a pit bull, the owner has to restrain it from lunging at me on it's chain. I've grown tired of hearing that this species of dog is peaceful, because it isn't. This is called denial by pit bull owners. These dogs should not be allowed in heavily populated cities and towns.
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on May 24, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    I frequently ride the bike trails in town, whenever I come across a pit bull, the owner has to restrain it from lunging at me on it's chain. I've grown tired of hearing that this species of dog is peaceful, because it isn't. This is called denial by pit bull owners. These dogs should not be allowed in heavily populated cities and towns.
  • by Anon on May 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
    And who are the idiots who raised these dogs to be like this? Most likely that is the problem and not the breed like a lot of people assume. Or sometimes a dog could have mental issues a lot like a person does with schizophrenia, and other things.
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      by Debbie on Jun 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM in reply to Anon
      I disagree. These are "good" pits, doing exactly what pits were created to do: attack for no reason. Ban their breeding NOW.
  • by amy Location: wisconsin on May 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    Wow! I really think some of u should look up "all dogs bite" and read it, u may learn something!! I am not an owner of a pit but they always put pits in the news cuz of their reputation. they should start putting every dog attack in the news and make sure it is in big letters to when it is a lab,boxer or collie.
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      by TK on May 24, 2012 at 05:00 AM in reply to amy
      You should look up the facts that say Pit Bulls themselves were responsible for 33% of ALL FATAL DOG ATTACKS! The breed is far less popular than other breeds you mentioned.
  • by mary Location: michigan on May 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    The dog is bred to attack. I had two pit bulls on my route jump their fence went a block away and jumped over a fence and attacked the dog in that yard. One in the front and the other from the back the neighbors could not get the dogs away from the Huskie and when the police came they shot both pit bulls and the dog that was attacked had to be put down. Very sad he was a friendly nice dog. Meanwhile, the owners of the two pit bulls moved left no change of address and had had prior problems with the dogs at their previous address. Last I knew the law was still trying to locate them.
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