A Baltimore District employee relied on his Postal Service training to avoid a dog attack last week.
Millersville, MD, Letter Carrier Darius Buggs was delivering mail when a dog jumped a fence and began charging him.
Buggs remained calm, used his satchel to protect himself and sprayed the dog with repellent until it ran away.
He then reported the incident to his supervisor.
“If it weren’t for the continuing education and stand-up talks that we receive, this matter could have been a 911 call, rather than a call to my supervisor,” Buggs said.
Millersville Postmaster Tony Henson said it’s important for employees to remain alert, especially during the warmer months.
“We are in the summer season when most dog bites occur,” he said.
The number of USPS employees attacked by dogs reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before.