Rye County Sheriff Scott Childers said deputies found the man’s body outside the house, with what looked like bite marks “all over his body.”
Childers said he shot and killed the two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Mastiff, after they acted aggressively.
Childers said the delivery driver was about 50 years old. Authorities are waiting to identify the man until the coroner determines the cause of death and informs the man’s family.
“We are deeply saddened by [Monday’s] “A tragic incident involving an Amazon family member will provide support to the team and loved ones of the driver,” Amazon spokeswoman Lisa Lewandowski said in a statement.
dog attacks Commonly mentioned by delivery workers, but usually lead to injury, not death.
In 2021, more than 5,400 postal workers they were attacked By dogs, according to the US Postal Service. Kansas City, Missouri, has the third highest number of attacks on message carriers, with 48 attacks last year.
And one Colorado insurance company found dog bites to be the third most common injury among Amazon delivery contractors there, according to 2022 study of injury data By the Center for Strategic Organization, a coalition of trade unions.
send bites Ohio driver To the hospital in August, he drove a driver this summer To post a video on TikTok about the company’s alleged response to his sting, and once Amazon caused it Suspension of deliveries to a Florida neighborhood where a worker was attacked, according to news reports.
The Postal Service recommends having dogs indoors or behind a fence or leash when a mail carrier comes home, and asks residents to track packages or mail So they know when it will be delivered.
It’s normal for dogs to feel anxious about strangers in their space, and even dogs with no history of aggressive behavior can become protective or cause an accident through play, so all dog owners should take precautions to protect mail carriers, David Rosengard said, Director of the Lawyer at the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
“We, any of us who have dogs, we need to prepare them for success,” he said.
Owners should have a place to drop off packages that are not accessible to their dogs, whether it’s a front porch, safe box or other drop off area, and keep dogs inside when the delivery comes. If necessary, they should get a mailbox.
It was in the late afternoon or early evening on Monday when the worker in Missouri delivered a package home, which authorities later found near the front door. Childers said police have yet to find any neighbors who have seen or heard anything unusual.
The house had a fence with a closed gate and “beware the dog” signs. Sheriff said it also has a dog door that allows dogs to enter freely into the fenced yard. Neighbors’ homes are located on both sides of the street and across the street.
A few neighbors noticed an Amazon car that had been sitting in front of the house for two hours and reported it to the police around 7 p.m.
When the deputies arrived about half an hour later, Childers said, they found the driver’s body lying on the grass in the middle of the yard.
“It’s tragic all the way,” Childers, who spoke with the man’s family, said in an interview with The Washington Post. It is clear that the loss of human life is the most important thing. It is horrific to see that. …it’s heartbreaking. “
The deputies found dogs behind the fence of the house and a closed gate. Childers said the dogs behaved aggressively, and the mastiff seemed ready to attack Vice; The deputy shot the dog and the two dogs ran home.
When the medical examiner and investigators arrived to begin the investigation, Childers said he went home and found the dogs, who responded again aggressively, revealing their teeth. The Mastiff weighed about 80 pounds and the German Shepherd about 50.
Childers decided to kill them, citing the need to protect law enforcement and medical personnel who were entering and exiting the house, the potential danger of dogs escaping from the house, and the difficulty of locking them up in a room.
“I had to make a quick decision because I had people coming to the scene very quickly,” Childers said. “But also, I can tell you that due to the nature of the case, the dogs could have been culled anyway. It was inevitable.”
After a dog has bitten someone, a court usually determines through a legal process whether the dog should be considered dangerous. Rosengard, the attorney, said a judge can order the owner to take steps such as muzzling or restraining his dog or ordering the dog to be killed.
He said that if a dog kills someone, a court can “very well” conclude that the dog should be euthanized.
Confrontations between dogs and the police are so common that the Ministry of Justice regularly publish guidance for law enforcement agencies.
Rosengard said it’s not uncommon for dogs to be shot by law enforcement officers, and courts generally allow this if the use of force is considered reasonable.
“Their question has none of these dogs done much [kill the man]..the question is fair, would a sane officer in that yard at that moment believe that these dogs were a threat? “.” And if yes, the court will likely say that this was a reasonable use of lethal force.”
Although dog bites are fairly common, particularly from postal workers, police officers and others who approach homes, killing is unusual, he said.
Relatively few states require dog training for police; Meanwhile, social media coverage of deadly encounters with sniffer dogs has fueled public interest, with some dog owners calling for increased training in recent years, according to a 2019 Department of Justice report.
The sheriff said he was an animal lover and knew people would question his choice.
“There are things in this job that we have to do that we don’t always like, but it’s part of what we have to do,” he said. “You’re trying to make all the right decisions.”
Childers said his office has spoken with the homeowners. No criminal charges have been brought against them, although they could face charges if authorities determine that any of their dogs attacked the man.
“There is still a lot of investigation to be done, and I think this case will open up a lot of questions,” Childers said. “It is clear that homeowners have the right to own animals that can protect themselves and their property… [but] This was just a guy trying to do his job and he lost his life.”
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