Jun 28, 2008 Springfield Mailman Attacked by Pit Bull Amid Epidemic of Pit Bull Attacks

Springfield - Sixty year old postal carrier Calvin Shepherd sr. was attacked by two pit bulls.  suffered two deep puncture wounds in his right arm that required stitches and a dislocated left shoulder. The dogs also lacerated his inner thigh and put three gashes in his back, which the hospital could not stitch up because of a high risk of infection from dog saliva in the wounds, he said.

U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Sue Litterly said this was the fifth dog-bite incident involving Springfield postal workers this year. On Friday, that number jumped to seven, as two more postal carriers were bitten by pit bulls, Litterly said.
“Usually we don’t have more than five in a year, and it isn’t even July. I don’t know why it’s so high this year,” she said.

Shepherd said he hopes the dogs will be put down.
“I have seen this before on my route,” he said. “A little girl got her ear bit off by a pit bull. There was also the lady on my route over on Wheeler.

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June 28, 2008 Pit Bulls Stir Loathing, Loyalty

Rosewood Heights - ...It was one of the first warm days in May, and the 80-year-old Williams decided to take Maggie, a Lhasa apso, out for a walk. Upon stepping out the back door of her home in Rosewood Heights, she was startled to see a pair of pit bulls coming toward her.

"I heard the dogs barking," Williams recalled. "The two pit bulls were coming right at us. I pulled Maggie toward me, but she fell on her back. That's when one of the pit bulls grabbed her."

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