Charges issued against man whose pit bull bit U.S. mail carrier

September 12, 2017

BAY CITY, MI — Authorities have issued criminal charges against a man whose pit bull bit a U.S. Postal Service employee in the spring.

The Bay County Prosecutor’s Office on Aug. 25 issued charges of having a dog that attacked or bit a person and allowing a dog to stray. Both charges are punishable by up to 90 days in jail, with the former also having a $500 fine and the latter up to a $100 fine.

Authorities sent him a letter requesting he appear for arraignment by Monday, Sept. 11. As of Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 42-year-old defendant has not appeared in Bay County District Court for arraignment. Authorities could issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

His name is being withheld pending said arraignment.

The precipitating incident happened April 8 at a home in the 1700 block of South Lincoln Street on Bay City’s East Side.

A witness to the event previously told The Bay City Times-MLive that the dog ran down its owner’s driveway and lunged at the female mail carrier. The dog bit her in the upper right arm, its teeth puncturing her muscle and causing her to bleed, the witness said.

The dog’s owner came outside and called it off, ending the attack, according to the witness.

The mail carrier drove herself away from the scene. Sharon Edwards, postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service branch at 1000 Washington Ave. in downtown Bay City, said in early May that the mail carrier was back to work and “doing fine.”

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