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Mail carrier is attacked by pit bull

Thursday, March 2, 2006

EAST PRAIRIE -- An East Prairie woman faces up to a $5,000-fine after her pit bull attacked a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier last week in East Prairie.

Kim Fletcher is scheduled to appear April 5 in East Prairie's municipal court for violating the city's dangerous dog ordinance, which is a misdemeanor. The regulation requires owners of dangerous dogs to secure their pets in a 6-

foot area fence and have a $50,000 insurance liability. Pit bulls are among the animals classified as dangerous dogs, said Police Chief Danny Lafferty.

According to Lafferty, the department received a call that U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Cory Cates was attacked by a pit bull about 2:05 p.m. Feb. 24 on North Martin Street in East Prairie. Cates received injuries to his right forearm and shoulder as well as scrapes to the area around his neck.

The incident occurred after Fletcher, who was at her residence on 615 N. Martin, opened the door to her home to call for her other large dog when the pit bull ran outside and attacked Cates.

The pit bull broke free and ran away, Lafferty said. At this point the dog has not been located by police, he said.

Lafferty said the city doesn't have many dangerous dog violations. The most recent incident occurred about a year ago outside of town, he said.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the black and white pit bull, they should contact the East Prairie Police Department at (573) 649-3511.