GALESBURG, Illinois—City letter carrier Joe Weech was bitten by a pit bull during his delivery route on Friday, July 20.
Weech was on his regular route on Pine Street in Galesburg when he tried to deliver mail to a residence where an aggressive dog resided. Weech was approaching the residence home when the pit bull broke through the front door window screen and attacked Weech, biting him in the groin.
Weech attempted to fend the dog off with pepper spray, but the can was turned backwards and sprayed Weech’s arm instead.
The letter carrier was transported to OSF St. Mary Medical Center, then later to Iowa City for surgery.
As a result, the Galesburg Post Office is making an effort to tighten regulations. Dog warning cards are carried during delivery routes, marking homes that could be a hazard for dog attacks, said Galesburg Postmaster Laura Rohlfs.