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MAIL HALTED AFTER ATTACK BY 7 PIT BULLS

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The U.S. Postal Service said it had halted delivery to an Oakland neighborhood following the severe mauling of a letter carrier by seven pit bulls.

Dan DeMiglio, postal spokesman for the Oakland area, said Friday the decision to halt service was made after police and animal control officials determined there were no laws broken in the attack."It's (halting service) an action we had to take," DeMiglio said. "We have an obligation to our carriers to make sure their safety is protected. There were no `Beware of Dog' signs posted at the house. There was no way she could have known those dogs were there. All she was doing was her job."

The attack occurred on Monday when Yu-Lin Kung, 27, was attempting to deliver mail near Oakland's Lake Merritt area. When she opened a gate to get to the mailbox, seven pitbulls jumped her. She fell to the ground and received nearly 100 bites over her arms, legs, buttock and shoulders.

Yu-Lin was rushed to Summit Hospital, where she underwent several days of treatment.

"It (the attack) was beyond your wildest dreams," DeMiglio said. "She had finally just given up and was lying there letting them bite her when some neighbors came to the rescue. She is emotionally scarred for life."

The viciousness of the attack, DeMiglio said, has traumatized the entire department. He said it was the 27th dog attack on a postal carrier this year in Oakland.