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FRIDAY, June 18, 2010

Mail carrier's family wants answers in fatal dog attack

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. (CBS 8) - The family of a mailman who died after being attacked by a Rottweiler is still waiting for answers.

Teri Lin buried her husband Thursday, and postal inspectors still haven't tried to contact her.

"He was in the hospital for nine days before he passed," Teri said.

It's been three weeks since letter carrier Eddie Lin was attacked along his mail route in Oceanside. Investigators believe Lin may have fallen and received fatal head injuries while being chased down by a Rottweiler. His widow and three children attended the funeral Thursday in Los Angeles.

"I don't expect to bury my husband in my 30s and I don't expect my kids to lose their dad. My kids are young and even the five-month-old will never know her dad," Teri said.

To make matters worse, Teri Lin still doesn't know exactly what happened to her husband. Oceanside police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are interviewing witnesses, but had no comment on the ongoing investigation.

"I haven't heard anything from the postal inspectors at all," Teri said.

The dog owners live in a house on Stanley Street. They agreed to let the Humane Society euthanize the animal.

"I feel sorry for her and everything, but what can I do? It's already over. Life's lost," dog owner James Beatty said.

Beatty told News 8 he and his father own the dog. He said they've never had any trouble with the four-year old Rottweiler, and the dog simply ran out of the front door.

"I wasn't here that day. (The dog) hit the door somehow and the door flew open," Beatty said.

Lin's widow wants to know if and when somebody is going to be held responsible.

"If it's a vicious dog you need it to be locked up, and you need to know where your dog is at all times," Teri said.

Teri Lin is a stay-at-home mom living in Poway. She is now struggling with insurance claims and the loss of her home.

"I don't know what to do. I'm usually the person who tries to fix everything and I can't fix it," she said.

A memorial is planned June 24 in Oceanside. There is an account set up at Chase bank to accept donations for the family.

Mail Carrier Family Donations:

Teri Lin Revocable Living Trust - Donation Account

Chase Bank
Go to any Chase Bank to make a donation to the account.

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