Police: Pit Bull Attacked Mail Carrier

Postal Service employee suffered multiple bites when dog attacked her on the 1500 block of Elayne Street last week. Owners cited.


A postal worker suffered multiple injuries when she was attacked by a pit bull terrier in the Northeast section of the city Thursday afternoon, Bethlehem police said.

The mail carrier, who was not identified, was attacked by the 70-pound dog as she delivered to the 1500 block of Elayne Street, police said. She suffered bites to her face, arms, hands, chest and leg.

She was taken to St. Luke’s University University Hospital in Fountain Hill, treated for her injuries and released, police said.

The dog's two owners were given citations. Nelly Santiago, 46, was cited for not having the dog registered and for failing to have it confined. Hector Vazquez, 21, was charged with failing to have a dog license and not having the dog vaccinated. Both Santiago and Vazquez live at 1552 Elayne St.

sue October 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
omg, i feel for that mail carrier. thats just awful, people just dont think!!!!!!!! i deliver for fedex and have been bit 3 times! and each owner told me their dog doesnt bite. people please think, even tho you think your dog doesnt bite.... a lot of dogs do not like uniformed people, do not like their delivery trucks, and do not like strangers coming onto their turf. if you would have only thought of the next person this horrible thing would have never happen. now this poor mail carrier will have this fear in her for the rest of her life, and will probably not be able to perform her job the way she has in the past. she will now become fearful of every dog she comes upon! the hairs go up on the back of my neck when i now encounter dogs, and the dogs know it! i wish you a full recovery! if only people would think of the next person, this world would be in a lot better shape!
sd October 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I feel bad for the mail carrier, but shame on you Patch for adding to the bad rap that pit bulls get by using such an awful photo to accompany the article. I don't think it was necessary to specify the breed of dog in the headline either. If it were a beagle would you put that in the title? There are many pitbulls that are good dogs, but they are overshadowed by the attention that the bad dogs get in the press.
Daryl Nerl (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I believe it was necessary to include the breed in the headline because, fairly or unfairly, pit bulls are controversial precisely because of these kinds of attacks.I've never heard of a beagle attacking anyone like this. I don't believe that the attacks are the pit bulls' fault. Unfortunately, these dogs are bred and raised to be weapons. That's just a fact. And I blame the owners for that. What does everyone else think?
Jason Chew October 16, 2012 at 01:14 AM
there are plently of storys about pitbulls saving peoples lives, unfortunately the media dose not want society to know about them. any dog can be raised to be weapons and trained to fight. people need to start blaming the deed and not the breed. PEOPLE do train these dogs to fight they are not born that way. after all if a newborn is raised to be racist as it grows up chances are your going to have a adult who is racist. there should be stiffer penitles for people who do breed dogs to fight a slap on the wrist is not enough. with that said i wish the mail carrier a speedy recover and hope she is ok. i happen to be a responable owner of a 65 lb oversized lapdog who will lick you to death which is also know by many as a pitbull
Jay Bell October 16, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I guess someone is getting sued. Highly irresponsible and should have had the dog chained down. www.firebrandcentral.com
Daryl Nerl (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Not all pit bulls are raised to be weapons. I never said they were. But some clearly are. And they were bred to be fighting dogs. That is a fact. I also don't find it particularly mitigating or comforting that the dog showed no aggression toward the cops after it took about five bites out of an innocent postal worker. That said, I will repeat that the responsibility lies with the owners who choose to train the dogs in a certain way.
tracey October 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I have to say - the first thing that jumped out at me as offensive was in fact, the picture you chose to accompany this story. I have known LOTS of dogs - the sweetest was a pitbull, and the most vicious was a miniature pincsher - she was 8 lbs of canine terror. While I understand the need to report, I think it's irresponsible to use such an inflammatory photo.
Lora October 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Hey Pit Lovers, Check this article out! Two pit bulls chase a mail carrier in her vehicle and flatten her tires! http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/pit-bulls-attack-newspaper-carrier-car/article_f0bcad58-8f02-52fa-b273-44480727e3fa.html I have never heard of a golden retreiver or beagle doing this! Sorry, but you can't just blame the owners for not containing their dogs. These animals can and will scale a six foot fence very easily due to their great strength. What kind of animal can just get loose like that and then deflate someone's tires?
Lora October 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
All dogs have within them the desire to save human lives! That is what makes them such noble creatures. Sadly, pit bulls have been bred to kill bovines and other dogs for centuries. All pit bulls are descended from "man eaters" or otherwise the most ferocious of dogs because those were the only ones to survive the ring. Dog breeders would mate these "winners" as much as possible in hopes of creating more "champion" killers. The myth of the nanny, herding and guard dog capabilities of pit bulls is much overplayed and there have been several instances of pit bulls killing children and other animals back in the old days. Also, pit bulls were NOT the most popular breed of dog in America, ever. That is another myth. Here is some old literature and media that depicts the pit bull in a not so loving light. http://americasdog.blogspot.com/
Lora October 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445328525505033&set=a.197109596993595.37281.127880087249880&type=1&theater Pit Lovers! Please take a look at this article above that details a pit bull killing a SERVICE DOG to the DEAF(a scottish terrier named Omar) inside PETSMART on October 23 2012! Oh, and let us not forget the death of pit bull ADVOCATE Darla Napora who was killed by her pit bull. She was pregant, by the way! Meaning she was in a "weakened" state. http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/coroner-prelim-autopsy-results-show-pit-bull-responsible-for-this-attack These dogs sure love to attack humans in a weakened state, such as the case recently with... Sweet 4 year old Hailey Nunez, about whom her neighbor(and dog owner) said “She [Hailey] knew the dog and she pet the dog more than once, and it’s a shock to all of us.” http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/pit-bull-attack-leaves-4-year-old-hailey-nunez-unrecognizable or this mother with her toddler and puppy who was attacked by pit bulls. She was even considering getting a pit bull herself! http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/a9783140-1db1-11e2-95a9-001a4bcf887a.html or this sweet little boy who was attacked by a pit bull that broke it's chain to attack him. Of course animal control won't do anything because they all probably have pit bulls. http://www.wkrn.com/story/19903622/8-year-old-antioch-boy-attacked-by-pit-bull to be continued...
Lora October 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
yes, as I was saying... or this sweet little kitten that had a car defaced by pit bulls trying to attack it. I've never heard of beagles or golden retrievers doing this! http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Brave-Kitten-Pit-Bulls-Banning-Palm-Springs-Fender-Lynx-167105625.html or this puppy, which died recently after being yanked out of it's owner's arms by pit bulls... http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/puppy-and-10-year-old-boy-recovering-brutal-attack-2-pit-bulls All of these events were very recent.


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