A Charlotte postal worker is recovering after he was attacked by a Mastiff Monday while delivering mail in the Plaza Midwood-area.
The incident happened along the 2800-block of Virginia Avenue.
The mail carrier was talking with someone inside a home in the area when a dog inside attempted to get out of the home, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control.
That’s when the dog, a 4-year-old Mastiff, came around the back of the home and attacked the mailman.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) says Christian Sparks, an 11-year postal veteran, suffered injuries from the bite and required more than 20 stitches. Sparks was treated at the hospital and later released.
“He will be able to return to work – after some much needed rest,” postal officials said.
Animal control officials say the Mastiff does not have a previous history of incidents and was up to date with rabies vaccines.
The dog’s owner was out of the country when the attack happened, but was able to be contacted as he was coming back through U.S. Customs to get back into the country.
Now that the dog’s owner is back, Animal Care and Control says the dog will undergo a ten-day home quarantine as it is monitored for any signs of rabies.