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Mail carrier talks about being attacked by a pit bull

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego mail carrier attacked by a pit bull is talking about the incident, and his recovery.

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was attacked by an unchained pit bull on Friday, July 19 while delivering mail on his route in Golden Hill. Buddy Siso has been delivering mail since 1999, but he says he may never work again.

The letter carrier's injuries were severe, requiring emergency medical treatment and plastic surgery on neck. He incurred additional injuries to his shoulder, legs and lost several teeth. Some of the bites were two inches deep.

Siso volunteered to speak about his life-threatening encounter Thursday morning. He says the pit bull that attacked him was euthanized. The Postal Service says the dog's owners will be held financially liable.

U.S. Postal Service officials hope this story raises awareness about the devastating effects of dog attacks. Dog bites have become a daily hazard. The Postal Service reports 6,000 letter carriers were attacked by dogs nationally last year.

While the cost in pain and suffering cannot be measured, medical expenses, workers' compensation, legal costs, delivery curtailment, carrier replacement, and other costs associated with dog bite incidents are estimated to exceed $25 million annually for the Postal Service. And pet owners can be held liable for all medical expenses and other costs, which can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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