Mailman attacked by dogs saved by neighbors, 75 and 84

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- A mail carrier who was attacked by three dogs on Tuesday has a 75-year-old man and an 84-year-old man to thank.

"We are no heroes," Jim Peeples and Earl Tifford said.

Peeples and Tilford  live on Ash Court and when they saw their mailman in distress, they came running armed with a shovel and a trowel.

Tilford, trowel in hand, ended up getting slightly bit by the animals as well.

The mailman is resting comfortably and is expected to return to work soon. U.S. Postal Service officials said it is working on officially recognizing the men for their heroic action.

As for the dogs' owner, she has been cited with six violations. Each charge carries a fine of more than $900 and up to 90 days in jail.

"I feel terrible. I would tell him I'm sorry ," said Breanna Hake, the dogs' owner. "He's been our mailman for two years and nothing like this has ever happened."

Hake said she has been ordered to keep the animals quarantined for 10 days. Hake promises to take the animals to obedience school.

The Longmont Police Department is warning residents to keep their animals tame. A meter attendant was attacked by a different group of dogs earlier this week.

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