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GARLAND (CBS11) – The United State Postal Service is looking into the alleged actions of a fill-in mail carrier in Garland after a resident claims the carrier maced her dog in the face.

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“He’s an innocent creature. He didn’t do anything to anybody,” said Holly Hill.

The alleged incident happened on Thursday morning. Hill said she was on her porch with her Boston Terrier, Remo, when the mail carrier walked by and asked if the dog was “okay.”

She says she told the carrier, “yes,” but claims when the carrier walked by he pulled out his repellent and sprayed Remo.

“He could have said, ‘Can you pick up your dog? Can you put your dog inside?’ Any number of things. He didn’t have to come up and mace him,” said Hill. “I understand there’s a need for the mace, but this is not a dog that needs mace.”

USPS sent a statement that reads in part:

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“Carriers are instructed to use the repellent only when there is a possible threat of dog attack. They are not to use the repellent indiscriminately, especially when there is a danger of spraying children or adults,” wrote spokesperson Robert S. Bolen. “Please be assured this customer’s concerns have been brought to the attention of Postal Service management and appropriate corrective action will be taken if necessary.”

With the help of some ointment, Remo’s eyes have cleared up. The area around his nose and mouth are still red.

“He doesn’t belong on the street if he’s that afraid of a little 15 pound dog that doesn’t do anything,” said Hill of the mail carrier.

Hill worries if the same mail carrier were to do this again, the next family might not be so fortunate.

“If he sprays another dog and they’re not so lucky as him, what if their owners not home?” questioned Hill.

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