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Dogs That Attacked Postal Letter Carrier Euthanized: Miami-Dade Animal Services

They were surrendered to the county on Wednesday



    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013)

    The two American bulldogs that attacked a postal letter carrier in Miami Gardens were euthanized Wednesday, Miami-Dade Animal Services said.

    The dogs were surrendered by their owner to the county to be euthanized on Wednesday, said Kathleen Labrada, the agency's chief of enforcement and operations.

    The bulldogs, named Cowboy and Serena, were seen taking some of their final steps into Miami-Dade Animal Services before they were put down.

    They jumped a fence and attacked letter carrier Emogene Powell, 55, Tuesday afternoon on the 1400 block of 191st Street in Miami Gardens, officials said.

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    Powell, who was left with scratches on her face and puncture wounds from being bitten, was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, police said.

    Powell is in good condition, the hospital said Wednesday.

    "The owner did indicate that the dogs have never displayed aggression, that they live in a home with children, and that they've never displayed aggression towards the child or anyone else," Labrada said.

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    Samples will be taken of the dogs to determine if they have rabies, she said.

    Miami-Dade Animal Services decided to leave the animals at the house overnight, saying that their papers were in order, they were safely confined and quarantined, and their owner was on the property.

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    Neighbor Wilman Hilaire said he heard Powell's screams Tuesday, raced to her aid, and fought off the dogs.

    "She was bleeding all over. Mostly, her face, and her leg, and her arm," Hilaire said.

    Neighbors said the dogs jumped a fence and mauled Powell as she delivered mail Tuesday.

    "It's hard to understand why, if these dogs saw this mail carrier day after day, would react in this way, and it's just an absolute tragedy that it did," Labrada said. "I'm sure she had no idea what was coming."

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