Mailman on leave after being accused of mortally wounding family dog

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on May 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 12:19 PM

FORT WORTH — A mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service is under investigation for allegedly slamming a rock on a four-year-old Silky Terrier named Maxwell, which had to eventually be euthanized.

Taiesha Brown was inside her east Fort Worth home on Saturday afternoon when her husband rushed in saying their 10-pound dog was bleeding badly.

"He damaged the spinal cord, damaged his nerves," Brown said on Monday.

The dog was rushed to the vet, where the family was told it was best that the dog be put down.

"I'm very angry," Brown said. "He has seen our dog every day for five years;  [the letter carrier] knows that is our dog."

Fort Worth police are conducting an animal cruelty investigation. The Postal Service said it, too, is doing an investigation, but said it appears the mail carrier felt threatened. In a statement, the USPS said:

“We are saddened at the loss of the customer’s pet. Local postal officials are conducting a thorough investigation … we understand that in this instance, the letter carrier was defending himself from a dog attack.”

The mail carrier has since been put on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

But Ricardo Arzua, who lives across the street from where the incident happened, said he and another man were outside in his driveway and never noticed the dog being aggressive.

"I just heard this bang," said Arzua, talking about the sound of the rock hitting the dog.  "He was a good dog."

Arzua rushed to comfort the animal before the owners could make it out of their house.

The Browns said Maxwell somehow got out of their backyard, which is fenced. 

They say they are planning to reach out to animal rights groups to bring more awareness to animal cruelty. 

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