Mailman Accused of Repeatedly Pepper-Spraying Dog Seen 'Withering in Pain' on Camera

Alfonso Galindo knew something was amiss when he came home to find that his pet, a poodle mix named Pupa, had stains on his fur and red eyes.

He also began to question the peculiar stains he’d noticed on his patio over the last few months.

The San Diego, Calif., man decided to check video on his new home surveillance system for answers — and to his horror, he found a clip of his seven-year-old rescue dog convulsing in pain on the ground.

“Heartbreak. That gut-wrenching, sick feeling,” Galindo told KNSD. “You see the dog withering in pain and it goes on for a minute and then you’re like, what was that?”

Galindo said he began scrolling through more video and found what he believed was causing the dog’s reaction: pepper spray.

Galindo claims the video shows his neighborhood mailman, who has not been identified, walking up to his gate with what he believes is a canister of pepper spray in his left hand.

“You can see the can … hanging from his other hand,” he told KNSD. “He’s pointing directly at the door, not even close to our mailbox.”

Galindo told KGTV that he has come across at least nine similar incidents on video in the last month.

“It’s a total betrayal of trust,” he said. “You would think the Postal Service is somebody you can trust.”

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Galindo said he suspects that his young children’s recent respiratory problems may be linked to the pepper spray.

“They’re sick to this day,” he told KNSD. “We have countless emergency-room visits, urgent care visits.”

According to KNSD, the United States Postal Service in investigating the incident and released a statement to the station on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the United States Postal Service, we want to apologize to the Galindo family and Pupa,” it reads. “We do not condone our employees behaving in a manner which is not professional and courteous. The appropriate personnel and corrective action will be taken as well as training given to all local letter carriers.”

PEOPLE could not reach the USPS or the San Diego Police Department for comment.

 

 

 

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