WATCH: Mailman charged after video shows him using pepper spray on dogs

HOUSTON, TX (WCMH) — The dogs suffered irritated eyes and discolored coats after the mailman sprayed them from the other side of the fence where they were barking.

“It was pretty bad what he did,” the dogs’ owner Jose Cruz told KTRK.

The video shows the U.S. Postal Service worker, John O’Veal, 21, using what appears to be pepper spray on the little dogs that are barking from the other side of the locked gate and mailbox.

Police say O’Veal now faces three misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Court documents show that O’Veal said he saw the dogs’ teeth and sprayed them like he was trained to do.

Cruz told KTRK he didn’t want the mailman charged or fired, but thinks some time spent at a dog shelter would do O’Veal some good. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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