A mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service was airlifted to a Nashville hospital with severe injuries following a dog bite Monday morning while on her route in Hopkinsville

Several agencies, including the Hopkinsville Fire Department, Hopkinsville Police Department and Animal Control, responded around 11:30 a.m. to the scene on Jessup Avenue for a reported dog bite.

Captain Michael Pendleton with the Hopkinsville Fire Department told News 2 that the mail carrier was flown to TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment.

Debra Alexander, the 54-year-old owner of the dog, was charged with harboring a vicious animal, Hopkinsville police said.

According to an arrest citation, the dog viciously attacked the mail carrier and it took two people to fight and remove the dog from the victim.

Alexander surrendered the dog into the custody of the Christian County Animal Shelter, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.