By Graeme Moore. WSPA
A pit bull attacked, but did not bite, a mail carrier over the weekend in Gaffney, according to the Gaffney Police Department.
Sandy Henderson was delivering mail Saturday around 4:00 p.m. to a home at 302 Walnut Street when the homeowner's pit bull got loose, ran into the street, and jumped on the woman, according to the police report.
Henderson told police she was injured when the dog knocked her to the ground, and she is now on medical leave, according to a US Postal Service spokesman.
Gaffney Animal Control ticketed the dog's owner, Shirley Bolin, for allowing an animal to run at large, a charge that carries a potential fine of $470.
The pit bull, according to police, was tethered, and when Bolin saw the mail carrier, she tried to unhook the animal to move it to the back yard. However, the dog broke free and charged Henderson, according to the report.
Bolin yelled at the dog, grabbed it off the carrier and took it into the home, police said.
A USPS spokesman said Monday that such incidents have increased in the area over the past couple of years.
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