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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Postal carrier bitten by dog

A Holmes Beach postal carrier was severely injured Thursday, Feb. 16, while making deliveries on 74th Street when she was bitten on the hand and thigh by a dog.

Holmes Beach Postmaster Charles Shannon said the female carrier is now on an indefinite medical leave while recovering from her injuries.

Manatee County Animal Control officers have quarantined the dog at its owner's residence pending an investigation and, he said, the dog had been vaccinated for rabies.

Holmes Beach has an ordinance requiring dogs outside a residence to be either on a leash or able to respond to voice commands. It was unknown if the dog was supervised or on a leash at the time of the incident.