Mailman lost skin on forearm, had several bites on wrist, leg
KENTUCKY -- A prosecutor says he’ll decide next week if charges could be brought against the owner of the pit bull who attacked a mailman Thursday morning.
County Attorney Rick Sparks says he will work with the animal control officer to gather details about the dog and its history before deciding whether to prosecute.
Around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Chris Lombardi was attacked by the large, brown pit bull and severely injured on his left forearm and leg at 214 Swigert Ave., Frankfort Police say.
The dog ripped a large area of skin from his forearm and multiple bite marks were found around his wrist and leg, Maj. Fred Deaton said.
“Frankfort Police and animal control confiscated the animal and in the process the dog bit the animal control officer (on his boot), but caused no injury,” Deaton said.
“The report noted a large amount of blood on the gate, sidewalk and paved parking area in front of the home.”
Lombardi was listed in fair to good condition at Frankfort Regional Medical Center this morning, according to hospital administration. He was in surgery Thursday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.
“Officers gathered statements at the scene from neighbors who said this is the second time the dog has bit someone, and that happened several years ago,” Deaton added.
Bullasan, the brown pit bull, has lived with its owners for seven years and is around children often, a woman – who would not provide her name, but was in the home – told The State Journal around noon Thursday.
“We’re praying for the mailman,” the woman said while crying.
It is unclear if the woman was the dog’s owner or a family member of the owner, because she would not give her identity. Police have identified the dog’s owner but won’t release it publicly. Polk City Directory listed a telephone number for the residence that is no longer connected.
“Nothing like this has happened before,” the woman said from the front doorway of the residence.
The family had a couple guests over that morning, and the woman said a second gate – which holds the dog in the back yard – was accidentally left open by one of the children.
“He’s a sweet dog; he was just sticking up for his family.”
Lombardi has worked for the Frankfort post office for about two years and was previously a carrier in Florida.
(The State Journal - June 29, 2012)