Series of ‘vicious’ dog attacks on postal workers leaves locals without mail
The USPS has suspended mail delivery in a neighborhood of Greenfield, Indiana, after a series of dog attacks on mail carriers.
More recently, a postman was chased and bitten by two boxers who allegedly attacked a postman before. The postwoman needed about 50 stitches and could potentially lose the use of one of her arms.
The USPS suspended all mail delivery in the local area until residents set up curbside mailboxes, allowing carriers to make deliveries without leaving the safety of their cars.
However, not all residents are happy with the proposal, and some feel they are being unfairly targeted through the actions of a dog owner, Fox59 reported.
“Due to ongoing and unresolved issues with loose dogs in the area, including Stevens Court and the 1000 block of Noble Street, mail delivery to these addresses has been suspended until residents install boxes curbside letters,” a USPS spokesperson said in a statement to Fox59.
On April 16, a postman was chased and repeatedly bitten by two boxers in the arms, legs, back, left thigh, right knee and groin, according to court documents seen by Fox59. The dog’s owner is now facing a charge of harboring an unvaccinated dog because he was not up to date on rabies shots.
The boxers were quarantined by local animal control departments and were to be euthanized after being found to be vicious. Both dogs, however, were reportedly stolen from animal control and are still missing.
Neighbor Nate Luke witnessed the latest attack and told Fox59: ‘I stopped and saw my neighbor across the street and my next door neighbor tending to her . I could see she had blood all over her and it didn’t look good.”
Luke also said the dogs had attacked the former postman who had worked on the road before, saying: “They ended up chasing him into my yard and he jumped on my vehicle. I heard a noise outside. before. I opened the door and saw the dogs attacking him. I grabbed him by the shoulders and pulled him into my house.
Despite witnessing the attack, Luke, along with other neighbors, feels that banning delivery to all neighbors for the actions of one person is unjustified. “I completely sympathize with the postal workers. I don’t want them hurt,” Luke told Fox59. “But it just seems like it would make more sense to shut down the service at home that’s causing the problems instead of punishing everyone on the street.”
Newsweek has contacted USPS for comment.
The notoriously difficult relationship between postmen and dogs can often be the subject of comedy sketches and cartoons, but it is a real and serious problem. Earlier this year, a video capturing the moment a dog smashed a window during a FedEx delivery went viral.
Home security footage documented the encounter, as an off-camera dog could be heard barking as the delivery driver placed a package at the front door. Seconds later, the front window completely shattered.
As the driver drove away, the dog could be heard continuing to bark from inside the house.