ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A USPS worker is recovering after she was brutally attacked by a large dog that appeared to be a pit bull. It happened Monday morning while she was delivering mail in North County.
Mail carrier Gwen Moore was stepping off a porch on the 9100-block of Jordan Street when two big dogs suddenly approached her. One of them attacked.
FOX 2 caught up with Moore, a 25-year Postal Service veteran, just after she returned home from the hospital. She recalls, “The owner, she came out to try to contain her dogs, and a lot of neighbors heard me screaming and they came out to try to help contain the dog, and the dog soon turned on them. So it was just one big mess.”
An ambulance rushed Moore to the hospital. Gesturing to her bandages, she says, “I did receive 36 stitches between my arm and my legs. I’m all torn up; I did have some flesh hanging out so they did have to take care of that. Very painful. I never imagined it would hurt this much.”
The dogs belong to the homeowner next door, but ran loose. Nearby resident Donisha Dunn says she's seen two big dogs running loose before. She finds the attack unnerving, especially since she has several small children: “With these kids running around, somebody needs to be out watching that. That’s crazy.”
After a dog attacks a postal worker, a USPS spokesperson says mail service to that address is often shut off, at least until the Postal Service is assured that the dangerous dog will be chained or confined.
In the meantime, Moore says she’ll probably need to miss a few weeks of work, but will try her best not to be haunted or scarred by this painful experience. “I still want to be a carrier,” she explains, “that’s just what I like to do. I’ll just pray, heal up, and get back to work.”
The attack is still under investigation, but the dog’s owner could be held responsible. Animal Control picked up the dog shortly after the attack, and it will be quarantined for 10 days.
In terms of how often these dog attacks happen in St. Louis, this USPS spokesperson says a long time can pass without any problems, but within the past three weeks, Moore is the third mail carrier to be attacked.