DENVER (CBS4) – A postal carrier was seriously hurt after two dogs attacked her on Monday.

The attack happened in Northwest Denver on West 34th Avenue near Utica. A neighbor was also hurt trying to pull the dogs off the woman.

Ron Spagle told CBS4 that when his neighbor’s two dogs got out of the front door of their home and attacked the female postal carrier he jumped over his railing to help. He says one dog had her on the ground and the other had her by the hair.

“I heard her screaming and I heard the commotion of the dogs,” said Spagle, who also suffered minor injuries. “I ran out there and jumped on top of the dogs.”

Animal control took the animals away. The dogs will be put down after they are released from quarantine. Officials said they are a husky and a chow chow.

“She sustained major damage to her arm and some of her upper regions, so we’re very concerned about her,” U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Rupert said.

The attack comes in the middle of Dog Bite Prevention Week. Denver comes in as the eighth worst in the nation for animal attacks on postal workers.

“Animal bites are a big problem for the postal service,” Rupert said. “Over 5,500 carriers were attacked last year alone.”

Rupert said the attack is say this is a sad reminder to dog owners of the precautions that need to be taken.

“If you have a pet, put it behind a fence,” he said. “If you don’t have a fence put them on a leash. Train them, for goodness sake.”


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