Family horrified as postman is seen dousing their rescue dog in pepper spray on each visit without provocation
Surveillance videos showed the postman spraying something at the poodle's face as he barked from behind a gate causing the dog to rub her face on the pavement in pain
A family in California was left shocked and utterly "heartbroken" after they found out that their postman routinely doused their rescue dog Pupa with pepper spray. The revelation was made after they checked their security footage.
Pupa's owner, Alfonso Galindo, had reportedly installed security cameras on the exterior of his home in San Diego after he was left baffled by a strange stain pattern that kept emerging on the ground of his front-yard for months on end, according to the Daily Mail.
The father-of-two, however, was left "heartbroken" when he checked the footage from last Tuesday. He saw his beloved seven-year-old dog writing in pain as a postman approached his home. When Galindo inspected the footage closely, he saw the postman spraying something from a canister at the poodle's face as he barked from behind a gate. Shortly after, the dog can be seen turning away and rubbing her face on the pavement in pain.
Galindo became alarmed and reviewed the footage from the past month and discovered at least nine incidents of Pupa routinely convulsing "in some sort of ritual pain" as the postman passed the gate.
Galindo, while talking to KNSD, said: "Never did I suspect the mailman. Never did I suspect somebody that you trust with your mail, with your packages. It was heartbreaking, it was really heartbreaking. I'm at a loss for words. It makes me sick to my stomach."
The owner, in hindsight, said that he had often noticed Pupa with blood-shot eyes but didn't think much about it because the condition went away soon. He also added that his two children — Alfonso Jr., 3, and Regina, 1 — who regularly interact with Pupa, have developed respiratory issues in the last six-months, which according to him could have been triggered by chemicals from the pepper spray in the dog's fur. "I get livid thinking about it. This is the health of my children. I believe what he's done to my family is criminal," Galindo told WDSU.
He also lodged a complaint with the United States Postal Service last week and the delivery firm issued a statement on Tuesday after an internal probe.
"On behalf of the United States Postal Service, we want to apologize to the Galindo family and Pupa," the statement from USPS said. "We do not condone our employees behaving in a manner which is not professional and courteous. The appropriate personnel and corrective action will be taken as well as training given to all local letter carriers."
It is not yet clear whether the postman in question, who has not been identified, will face any charges.
This isn't the first such case of brutality as a mail delivery man from the United States Postal Service was caught on a home surveillance camera earlier this year pepper spraying three dogs outside a Dallas house.