Postal carriers in Marlin, Texas are nervous – and with good reason.
The area is overrun with stray dogs, many of them aggressive, and the Marlin post office reports that a large dog accosted a postal truck last Thursday morning. Christi Ehlers, Officer In Charge, says a postal carrier was stopped and preparing to deliver mail to the 400 block of Gift when a large red and white male dog charged the truck.
“We have a serious problem when our mail carriers are unable to perform their jobs without fear of being attacked by stray animals within our city. The situation is only getting worse and we have to find a solution for handling animal control,” she said.
The shocked carrier attempted to make a getaway, but the the dog ran in front of the truck and stopped, blocking it. The mail carrier said the dog was taller than the hood of the truck, and just sat there for a moment before launching a furious assault, mauling the front bumper of the vehicle while rocking it from side to side. The attack went on for two minutes until the dog briefly stepped aside, allowing the carrier to hit the gas and escape.
Marlin PD Chief Darrel Allen commented on the the stray animal problem: “We are working hard on trying to get this problem taken care of. We are asking our citizens that if a dog is aggressive to call us and we will handle that. We have a due diligence to provide quality law enforcement, and we have to abide by the rules and ordinances of the city.”
Thus far, there are no reports of additional sightings of the dog, and it is unclear if he was apprehended by police, or if he’s still roaming the neighborhood, waiting for the mail to arrive.