Mail carrier caught on camera using PEPPER SPRAY on three dogs fenced in at a Texas home
- A security camera captured the mace attack at Giovanni Baena’s home in Dallas
- Baena said he noticed his three dogs acting strange on December 13 before catching a whiff of the pepper spray and noticing splatter on his fence
- USPS apologized on behalf of the carrier but would not confirm if he was fired
A postal worker is in hot water for delivering more than just mail when he was caught on surveillance footage pepper-spraying dogs fenced in at a family home.
Giovanni Baena said he noticed something suspicious with his three dogs on December 13, so he went into the yard to investigate.
‘They were barking a little more aggressively, and then they just stop,’ Baena told WFAA. ‘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.’
When he checked his home security footage, Baena watched as a mail carrier slipped a stack of letters into his mailbox before shaking up what appears to be a can of mace and discharging it in the direction of the dogs.
A United States Postal Service mail carrier was caught on home surveillance footage pepper-spraying three dogs fenced in at a home last month in Dallas, Texas
Homeowner Giovanni Baena became suspicious when his dogs suddenly stopped barking on December 13, and when he went into the yard to investigate he smelled pepper spray in the air. His home security system shows the mail carrier shaking up a can of mace and directing it toward the dogs behind a six-foot-tall reinforced fence
Baena’s three dogs, a Rottweiler (bottom), French bull dog (center) and unknown small breed (right) have all since recovered from the pepper spray incident
The dogs have recovered from the incident, which has left Baena scratching his head as to why it happened.
He admits that his dogs have been known to bark but doesn’t understand why someone would feel the need to mace them when they’re secured behind a six-foot-tall reinforced fence.
‘There’s no reason for them to just come by and spray them,’ Baena said. ‘Uncalled for, very unnecessary, and unprofessional.’
Baena (above in a Facebook photo) admits that his dogs like to bark but said there would be no reason for someone to use mace on them. He filed a formal complaint with his local post office and quickly received an apology from USPS
‘They’re just dogs, they’ll bark at anything.’
The dog owner filed an official complaint with his local post office, and the United States Postal Service has since apologized on behalf of the worker.
A spokesperson for USPS said in a statement to WFAA: ‘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.’
However, when WFAA followed up with the same spokesperson asking about the status of the employee in question, the station was told: ‘The Postal Service does not discuss specific employee disciplinary actions or comment on personnel actions or matters that may impact personal privacy.’
In other words, the mace-toting mail carrier may still be out delivering to homes.
‘I don’t want that guy here again. I don’t want him doing my route,’ Baena said in response.
The homeowner said he had reported another mail carrier for pepper-spraying one of his dogs in 2016. An online police report appears to corroborate that claim, saying a ‘suspect’ sprayed his dog in the face and caused its eyes to swell.
The USPS would not confirm whether the postal worker in the video has been fired