JACKSONVILLE, Fla — A postal worker in Putnam County is now dead after a dog attack.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office told Action News Jax that when help arrived the woman was found on the ground severely bleeding. She died last night – a day after the attack in Interlachen Lake Estates.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the woman died while just doing her job as a postal carrier. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was quickly dispatched to the scene.
“Eight minutes later and observed the victim who was still in the street with heavy trauma at that time,” Putnam County Colonel Wells said.
We learned the victim is 61-year-old Pamela Jane Rock. Pamela was out delivering mail when her car broke down on Sunday evening.
It was then that police say five dogs made their way from under a fence and attacked Pamela.
“The lady was transported by rescue to Putnam County Emergency Services to Putnam Community Medical Center. While in route she went into cardiac arrest,” Wells said.
Pamela was revived and later airlifted to a hospital in Gainesville. A family member tells us one of Pamela’s arms had to be amputated and, after surgery, her organs started failing.
From there, the deputy sheriffs began their investigation of the scene.
“Our major crimes unit, part of our criminal investigation bureaus immediately activated this case because of the nature of the injury,” Wells said.
The state attorneys’ office has taken over because it’s an active investigation and the 911 call isn’t being released. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the owner of the dogs 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,” Wells said.
The owner could face misdemeanor and burden of negligence charges. The sheriff’s office says all five dogs will be euthanized.
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Officials say over the past three years there have been four animal-related calls to the area. Two of those calls were to the same address that Pamela had been attacked at.
Action News Jax reached out to The United States Postal Service for a statement. USPS says they’ve lost a family member saying, “The U.S. postal service is deeply saddened at the loss of our employee. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her co-workers at this time.”