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KEWANEE, IL –  “When I went up to make a delivery, I didn’t see him. I made the delivery, turned around, walked away, and he jumped on my back and attacked me,” said Gayle Whitmore, Postmaster at Kewanee Post Office.

She isn’t the only one that has been attacked on her route. Just three weeks ago, another mail carrier was bitten by a dog.

Whitmore says, “It is scary. You have this feeling inside for a while that something is going to come out of an area you are unsure of. You definitely notice a bark or a rattle of a chain – anything that associates with a dog.”

The city of Kewanee says they have seen more and more loose dogs on the streets. According to Councilman Mike Yaklich, there were 41 loose dogs in April and 54 loose dogs in May.

Now, a special panel along with the city council members are looking to make changes on dog ordinances.

Yaklich says, “We’re uniformly believing that responsible dog owners need to not be penalized by irresponsible ones.”

This would set guidelines for owners with vicious dogs, including no off-leash privileges and stricter rules on invisible fences.

Yaklich believes in taking proactive steps. The special panel will be taking about six dog ordinance changes to the council.

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