FedEx delivery person Alecia Hudson was attempting to deliver a package in Crestview on Wednesday afternoon when she was bitten by a dog.
CRESTVIEW — Before today, FedEx delivery person Alecia Hudson estimated she dropped off packages at the front door of a home on Primrose Avenue at least 10 times without incident.
But as Hudson approached the front door last Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m., the door opened and a German Shepherd ran out. The dog came straight at her, biting her shorts, then latching onto her forearm before she escaped out the front gate, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Although Hudson believes the owner let his dog out on purpose, he told the deputy that he’d been heading out to get the mail and the dog ran out in front of him.
"I would never do such a thing," the dog owner said. "I did not let my dog out to attack anybody ... if I thought there was a criminal or someone in the yard to do me harm, I'd call the police."
Hudson received medical attention for her wounds — seven stitches and a tetanus shot — and filed a complaint with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
The OCSO investigated and said there was no evidence of criminal intention. The case has been closed.
Hudson said the owner did not attempt to stop the dog during the attack, but did treat her wounds afterward.
Florida statute 767.04 addresses dog attacks and states that dog owners are liable for any bites that occur, on private or public properties, as long as the injured party was "lawfully" on the property, which Hudson was, but not liable as long as the injuries weren't caused by a "negligent act" and signs placed around a property that warned of the dog's presence could be considered non-negligent activity.
The dog owner told the Daily News that he now has locks on his gates and signs around his property to warn people about the dog.