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Postal worker attacked by dog while delivering mail, police say

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Cocoa with Dennis Keisler and his mother at their Union home where police say the attack happened. (Apr. 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) Cocoa with Dennis Keisler and his mother at their Union home where police say the attack happened. (Apr. 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A mail carrier is recovering after being attacked by a dog while on the job, according to Union police.

A Union Public Safety report said the woman's attack was unprovoked, but the owners of the dog said it was only being protective of its owners.

According to incident report, the attack happened while the 40-year-old mail carrier was making her rounds and was walking towards a home on South Church Street in Union when the dog came off the porch and began biting her Tuesday morning.

Police said the mail carrier suffered a number of wounds during the attack, but despite what happened, the owners of Cocoa told FOX Carolina their dog isn't dangerous.

The woman tried to use her post office-issued pepper spray to stop the dog but was unsuccessful, according to police. The report said she was eventually taken to the ER for bites to her arms, elbow and chest.

"He's a big animal but this is the first time he's ever done anything to anybody," said Dennis Keisler.

Cocoa belongs to his 70-year-old mother, who lives in the home and suffers from throat cancer. Keisler said the dog was only being protective of her. He said the dog was on a leash when the attack happened.

Keisler said he is sorry for what happened to the mail carrier and is more than willing to pay the fine for the expired rabies shots.

Police gave the owners a citation because the dog's rabies shots weren't up to date and the owners will have to go to court to determine the dog's fate.

Now that his dog has been deemed dangerous by the city, Keisler must comply with a series of requirements to keep Cocoa, including building a secured fence and buying a $50,000 liability plan for the dog.

Lt. Troy Wright with Union Public Safety said the ordinance keeps the dog from being euthanized and prevents future attacks.

"We allow the owner to keep the dog or vicious animal is confined to the owners property," Wright said.

Keisler's mother will be in court later in May and will have to prove she has met all the requirements to keep Cocoa or risk losing him, but Keisler said he plans to fight the ruling that his dog is dangerous at all.

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