A Kannapolis family is outraged after they said a postal carrier sprayed their 7-year-old daughter with mace.
It all started when 7-year-old MiKayla Davis walked outside to get the mail. She didn't realize that her 8-month-old teacup Chihuahua/pug mix was right behind her.
Davis walked Eyewitness News through what she said happened when the carrier was leaving her neighbor's house Wednesday afternoon.
"He was right beside this tree," she said as she showed a Channel 9 crew. "I picked her up and he sprayed us. I started screaming and I dropped the dog. I ran. It started burning. My eyes, my hands and my nose."
Davis's dad, Kevin, came outside.
"Oh I was hysterical," he said. "I couldn't stand it."
MiKayla's mother said the girl's nose started bleeding soon after so she took her to the emergency room.
"They diagnosed her with 'chemical contact,' and she's got burns in her nostrils and in her throat where she inhaled it and spots on hands where it blistered," said Jennifer Gaskey-Davis.
Eyewitness News asked the US Postal Service if disciplinary action has been taken against the carrier in question. They said postal officials are still investigating the incident.
Kannapolis police said that in a report filed Wednesday, the carrier tells a different story. He said MiKayla Davis was not near the dog when he sprayed the mace. Plus, the officer on scene said he didn't notice any health problems with the young girl. They don't anticipate charges.
The Postal Service also said carriers are trained to protect themselves against dog bites. They are advised to use their repellent when a dog attacks, but to use it discriminately.
The Postal Service also said Charlotte was one of the top 25 cities in the country when it comes to dog bites last year. Since October, they've already reported eight bites.