Just kidding. It's just that Dog Bites Mail Carrier isn't news. Or is it?
I watched Global for a change last night because I get tired of the pro-Liberal bias on the other major networks.
They had a report about a mail carrier who had been bitten by a dog. The story was about the increase in chases and bites to posties nationally this summer. Summer is historically when there are more bites and chases, for a variety of reasons, just as we see in warm climates.
I really felt sorry for the woman, her arm was wrapped up and she was trying not to cry. She is new to the job and was only subbing in the neighbourhood. She said the dog pushed the door open, ran out and nailed her, then the owner came out, grabbed the dog and took him in and didn't even come out to see how she was , let alone call paramedics. Nice. I think that's what bothered her the most. It sure bothers me and I wasn't even there.
I thought the report was handled well. It was a chocolate Labrador retriever-type who bit the mail carrier. They showed him on TV with his dogwalker, wagging his tail. The police said it was "an accident" and "not a malicious act" and "no charges would be laid"
Gee, what a surprise.
Remember mail carrier Darlene Wagner, one of the two victims of severe dog attacks whom the Fibs trotted out to testify in favour of banning "pit bulls" in 2005 (except she didn't favour a ban)? This incident is similar to hers, except there were two dogs in that one and she was really worked over, mostly due to the dog owner's stupidity. No charges were laid in her case, either.
I wonder when the House debates will begin to talk about a ban on a) retrievers, b) Labrador retrievers, c) Chesapeake Bay retrievers, d) Golden retrievers and any mutt that is substantially similar in appearance and physical characteristics?
I'm betting never. Anybody want to bet against me?
Global also mentioned an attack out west involving two mastiff types running at large who seriously injured a mail carrier. They said the dogs "looked like" the picture they showed of a Dogo Argentino. Points for a) knowing that the breed is indeed a mastiff type; b) helping to educate the audience that not every short-haired dog is a "pit bull" and c) not mentioning "pit bulls" once, not that they had to, wink-wink, nudge-nudge.