HOUMA, La. (WDSU) — The Houma Police Department said one of their officers shot and killed a dog that attacked a mail carrier Thursday.
According to police, around 1 p.m. an officer responded to the 1000 block of Wright Avenue in reference to an aggressive dog that was loose.
The responding officer contacted the victim, who was a mail carrier.
Police say the mail carrier was attempting to make a delivery when the dog chased her and nearly bit her.
According to a news release issued by police, as the victim was attempting to flee from the dog she rolled her ankle.
Police say the dog grabbed her by the shirt but she was able to retreat to safety in her vehicle.
As the officer was attempting to make contact with the owner, the dog came out of the backyard and was aggressively charging towards the officer, according to a report issued by the Houma Police Department.
Police say the officer then discharged his weapon, striking and killing the dog as a result.
Houma police say the investigation revealed that this was not the first time the dog had aggressively chased residents in the neighborhood.