Florida U.S. Postal Service carrier killed by dogs after truck breaks down in Putnam County

Five dogs fatally mauled a U.S. Postal Service mail courier when her truck broke down on a route in north Florida, according to officials.

Col. Joseph Wells of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced at a press conference on Tuesday that Pamela Jane Rock, 61, died in a hospital on Monday night.

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the woman on the ground near Interlachen Lake Estates on Sunday afternoon, according to a Facebook post by sheriff’s authorities. They also discovered the dogs within a home’s perimeter fence.

A nearby resident reported hearing the woman’s cries for aid and seeing five dogs assault her. Several neighbors attempted to remove the dogs off the woman, and one fired a revolver into the air to scare them away, according to the report.

Deputies began administering first assistance to the seriously bleeding woman. According to officials, they performed tourniquets until a rescue unit arrived and transported the woman to a hospital. The victim was subsequently airlifted to a Gainesville trauma hospital.

The canines were taken in by the county’s animal control unit.

According to several sources, the state attorney’s office has taken over the case because it is active and the 911 call is not being disclosed. According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the dog’s owner is cooperating.

“There’s a specific Florida statute that deals with someone that doesn’t exercise caution when it comes to an animal that they knew or should have known could’ve posed a danger,” Col. Wells said.

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