USPS Worker Captured On Surveillance Camera Pepper-Spraying A Friendly Dog

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A surveillance camera at a home in Los Angeles, California, captured a United States Postal Service (USPS) worker pepper-spraying the owner’s beloved dog.

The owner of the home was outraged when he saw the footage. His beloved dog, Coco, is a friendly dog and he was shocked to see someone intentionally harm him. The video captured a female USPS worker approaching their mailbox with their mail when Coco approached wagging his tail.


Coco was inside a completely fenced in area and did not approach aggressively, but in a friendly manner. The woman reached into her bag and pulled out a can of pepper-spray. She dropped the can but picked it up and gave it a good shake. She then proceeded to bend down and spray the innocent dog in the face.

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She stood with her arm resting over the fence as she watched the dog run away in pain. The mailbox is located outside of the fence, so there was no need to interact with the dog. The owner took Coco to the vet to have his eyes examined.

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The United States Postal Service issued an apology to the owner stating, “On behalf of the United States Postal Service, we want to apologize to our customer. We do not condone our employees behaving in a manner which is not professional and courteous.”

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They went on to say, “The appropriate personnel and corrective action will be taken with regard to this incident as well as training given to all local carriers on how and when to use dog repellent.”

The woman’s identity has not been released. It is unclear what “corrective action” the USPS has taken in regards to this incident.

People are outraged after watching the footage and call for her to be fired. One person wrote, “She should be fired and arrested for animal cruelty.” Another said, “The mail carrier should be thrown in jail and fired! This is outrageous!”

Watch the shocking moment in the video below.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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