A postal worker from Catawba, North Carolina, was recently attacked by five pit bull mixes while on her route and was only saved when the animals' owner came to her rescue. The victim suffered significant wounds to her left arm, legs and shoulders and she had to be taken to the hospital, the Hickory Daily Record reports.
The pets belonged to former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, and they have all been taken into custody by local animal control officers. The incident started when the victim had to deliver a package that proved to be too big for Mayfield's mailbox, so she decided to leave it at his doorstep. When she exited her vehicle, the dogs attacked, but Mayfield was able to call them off after hearing the commotion.
"It's unbelievable that this happened to her," Thomas Graham, a neighbor of the victim, told the news source. "She's a sweet woman. She's a good neighbor."
For letter carriers and joggers, pepper spray can be a vital personal safety device. When discharged into the face of an aggressive animal, it will make it hard for it to see and breathe, allowing for potential victims to get to safety.