A mail delivery man from the United States Postal Service was reportedly caught on a home surveillance camera pepper spraying three dogs outside a house. He reportedly committed the act randomly and for no apparent reason. The agency, shortly after the incident on December 13, issued an apology to the family.
The video of the incident shows the mail carrier dropping off some mail at Giovanni Baena's home but, when he starts to walk away, he takes out a can of mace, shakes it and sprays the family's three dogs as they bark behind a fence. The carrier then walks away nonchalantly.
Reports state that Baena became suspicious and checked his surveillance camera footage when he walked outside shortly after the incident and found his three dogs disoriented. "They were barking a little more aggressively, and then they just stop,” Baena said. “I walked outside and caught a whiff, and it smelled like pepper spray. Then I saw it here on the fence and a spatter on the wood," WFAA reported.
The United States Postal Service is apologizing to a Dallas family after a letter carrier was caught on a home surveillance camera pepper spraying the family's three dogs on his route. https://t.co/SMGrW4iYS0— 12NewsNow (@12NewsNow) January 3, 2019
He added that luckily his dogs were okay and appeared confused as to why someone who randomly attack them with pepper spray, especially when they are behind a 6-foot-tall reinforced fence.
Baena then made an official complaint about the carrier to his nearest post office. He said: "There's no reason for them to just come by and spray them. Uncalled for, very unnecessary, and unprofessional."
USPS agreed with the customer and issued a statement saying: "The Postal Service strives to always provide the best possible service to our valued customers. It is disappointing when, on rare occurrences, we fall short of that goal. Local management was made aware of this video shortly after the customer brought it to their attention and it has been addressed with the Letter Carrier. This is clearly unacceptable behavior and does not reflect the efforts of the thousands of professional, dedicated Letter Carriers in our workforce. We sincerely apologize to the customer.”
It is not yet clear whether the delivery man is still employed with the service. USPS spokesperson said: "The Postal Service does not discuss specific employee disciplinary actions or comment on personnel actions or matters that may impact personal privacy.”
However, Baena said that he does not want to see the carrier again: “I don’t want that guy here again. I don’t want him doing my route,” he said.