ROCKFORD (WREX) - After letter carrier Marie McCollum was bit by a dog on her route for the third time Thursday, she is looking for owners to take more responsibility to prevent this from happening again.
McCollum has worked as a letter carrier for 17 years, and 15 years ago while on her route McCollum was attacked and bit on her face, arms, and legs by a pit bull. The pit bull was put to sleep and McCollum later found out the dog had previously bitten two other people before her.
A year later McCollum was bit again, this time by a border collie. Thursday, for the third time, McCollum was bit by a German Shepherd. She said she doesn't feel the dog warning cards and spray the carriers are given help much.
Michelle Zyvert, a spokeswoman for United States Postal Service, said carriers always run a risk of being bit, but also stated it all comes down to the responsibilities of the owners. Zyvert said owners should keep their dogs under control, either restrained or in a fenced yard so they can't get on the path of the mail carriers.
McCollum said she hopes to see more legal ramifications taken against owners whose dogs bite other people, especially because she feels other are in danger as well, not just mail carriers.
"It happens a lot... but the thing is, I get bit, but I'm an adult, but this pit bull that attacked me... there's little kids walking around," McCollum said. "This one lady used to walk her adorable little five year old granddaughter down past this house every day."
McCollum said besides asking owners to take more responsibility, she would like to see increased communication between the post office and the pound to let carriers know where these types of dogs live.