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.