KSBY is reporting that a UPS driver, while making a delivery to a home in Atascadero, California, was caught on security video kicking a small white dog as it ran down the path towards him. The incident happened on Monday. You can see two small fluffy dogs, one black, one white, run towards the driver, who is holding on to his delivery cart, heading towards the rear of his truck.
You can actually hear the little dog squeal as he is kicked in the ribs and rolls over. Soon after, the dog’s owner runs up to confront the driver, and the driver drops his cart and shoves him backwards. The owner worked in the house where the incident occurred, caring for an Alzheimer’s patient. The confrontation continues to escalate. Eventually the UPS driver puts his cart back on the truck
You can see the dog walking around after being kicked in the ribs. No word on how the dog is currently doing, but according to the dog’s owner, the animal’s ribs were injured, needing medical attention. It can be surmised that driver had knocked on the door, and the dogs ran out after the door was left ajar.
A UPS spokesman said they contacted the dog’s owner and apologized. They also said that the company does not condone the driver’s behavior and took disciplinary action, but did not elaborate.
Comments on the video are split between “how did the driver know the dog was not going to attack him” and “the dog showed no aggression during the confrontation with the owner.” We have no comment from the driver to determine what he was thinking when he kicked the small dog.