Mailman Caught on Camera Pepper-Spraying Innocent Dogs

Posted by Christy Caplan
Mailman Pepperspray
YouTube/ViralHog

If I caught our mailman pepper-spraying our dogs, I'd be down at the post office having a long discussion with his manager! So what's the story here? Let's unpack what we know for everyone!

The tweet in this article confirms that a mail carrier in Scottsdale, Arizona was caught on a doorbell camera pepper-spraying someone's pets at the doorway.

The YouTube video from Viralhog has a statement that says,

"I received a notice on my video doorbell that there was motion. I logged in to notice my mail carrier was spraying pepper spray at the gate to my courtyard with my three dogs on the other side. The dogs were not barking until he started spraying. The mailbox is forty feet from the gate. As he walked away he stopped, turned around to admire his handy work, then went on delivering the mail."

It doesn't matter when the dogs started barking (I know that's not what this person meant...) and I understand why the mail carrier carries pepper-spray but to spray animals?

These harmless animals! 

What is pepper-spray and what kind of damage can it cause?

Pepper spray (also known as capsicum spray) is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness) used in policingriot controlcrowd control, and self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. 

I'm sure this really stung the eyes of those three dogs!

This type of spray should NEVER be used on animals and I'm sure the postal service has a policy of some kind so letter carriers don't think it's ok to do this even if they're barked at through a fence.

This is another case of animal cruelty and pepper-spraying dogs should be banned by the United States Post Office. Thank goodness for security cameras so we can watch what happens to our best friends when we're not around.

What do you think of this story? Would your mailman ever consider this you think? We'd love to hear your comments below! 

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