Jesus Toledo lost part of an ear and a portion of his thumb. Sept. 28, 2015. (CBS Chicago)
Rosemary Regina SobolContact Reporter
A postal worker on his route came to the rescue of a buddy, a UPS employee, when a pit bull attacked him in Chicago’s Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side on Friday morning, officials said.
The postal worker jumped on the dog, pulled the animal off of UPS worker Jesus Toledo and held on to it until help arrived, according to officials. The attack occurred about 10:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Cicero Avenue.
The dog involved was a black and white female pit bull terrier about a year old, said Brad Powers, a spokesman for the city’s department of Animal Care and Control.
Toledo suffered injuries to his ear, head, forearm, hands and ankle, and underwent surgery at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to Dan McMackin, a spokesman for UPS.
He was “conscious and speaking after the attack,” he said in an email. The man is 48 and has been with UPS since 1993, he said.
The postal worker was not seriously injured and declined a trip to the hospital, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
“He has some minor bumps and bruises and maybe a couple of scratches,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Mark Reynolds.
He said the worker was on his normal route when he saw Toledo being attacked.
“They do look out for each other,” Reynolds said of the two agencies.
The pit bull, which was not a stray, remained in custody as of Tuesday, Powers said, and is undergoing a 10-day rabies observation.
The matter was escalated to a “dangerous dog’’ investigation, and animal care has up to 30 days to make a determination about the dog’s future. It can be returned to its owner, banished from the city or destroyed, according to Powers.