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article imageSaskatoon police officer shoots dog after letter carrier attacked

By Arthur Weinreb     Jun 1, 2013 in World
Saskatoon - A Canada Post letter carrier is in hospital and a dog is dead after the mailman was attacked by two vicious boxers while on his route.
According to Saskatoon police, they received a call around 12:30 p.m. yesterday involving two dogs acting in an aggressive manner. When officers arrived, the dogs had left but returned after emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene. After the dogs appeared to pose a danger to the paramedics, who could not leave the ambulance, one of the police officers discharged his firearm, killing one of the dogs. The other ran away but was later captured by animal control officers.
Barinedum Mbueker was walking her dog when she stopped to talk to the 59-year-old postal worker. She said, "The house we were standing in front of, as we were saying hello, all of a sudden this wooden fence burst open, and these two pit bull-like dogs rush out and attack the mailman, jump on top of him, and start mauling him. They knocked him down. They were on top of him." The letter carrier suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head and hands.
After the attack began, various people used sticks and other objects to fend off the dogs and protect themselves. Others ran for the safety of vehicles or their homes.
According to Andrew Chamberlin, who lives next door to the owner of the dogs, their behaviour on Friday was not typical. He said, "Those dogs are boxers and they're typical crazy dogs but they were actually really nice. They were really well trained." The neighbour added he thinks someone might have been trying to get in the backyard and the dogs were scared, causing them to bolt and then attack. Chamberlin was forced back into his house by the dogs.
Animal control returned the other boxer to its owner.
Saskatoon police are investigating the discharge of the firearm by the police officer. Det. Matthew Ward said, "Any time a firearm is discharged there will always be a full review. It's always reviewed to make sure that all the policies and guidelines were adhered to."
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