Veteran USPS worker: Life has been better since pit bulls banned

Veteran USPS worker: Life has been better since pit bulls banned

PAWTUCKET - A veteran local worker with the U.S. Postal Service and long-time city resident weighed in this week on the controversy surrounding Pawtucket's 2004 ban on pit bulls, saying the ordinance has done the job in keeping himself and other mail carriers safer.

The worker, who wished to remain anonymous for a number of reasons, said he disagrees with the notion by those who pushed for a new law to overturn Pawtucket's pit bull ban, those who say the "breed" shouldn't suffer when the owners are at fault. Though his opinion of pit bulls has grown more favorable, said the worker, his view on "what this dog can do and how most pit bull owners are totally irresponsible" has not changed.

"As letter carriers we live in constant fear of being attacked by viscous dogs, as our dog repellent does not always work on pit bulls," he said. "Although a dog may be well fenced in, all it takes is a young child to forget to close a gate and a carrier could be disfigured for life or even killed."

The worker said he could go "on and on" with "horror stories" about pit bulls and their attacks on letter carriers. "I have lived in Pawtucket most of my life and saw the dog bite incidents almost disappear when pit bulls were outlawed," he said. "At its peak, (there were) about two pit bull bites a week in Pawtucket."

The letter carrier said he understands that the problem is the owner, "however there needs to be a way to keep pit bulls out of the hands of irresponsible owners."

Many pit bulls remain unregistered and uninsured, said the worker, but Pawtucket's ordinance has still proven effective in curbing the threat to those who are walking local streets.

"By keeping pit bulls out of the poorer communities like Pawtucket and Central Falls, it does not exterminate the breed," he said. "It only puts the breed into more responsible hands of people in more affluent communities."