Postmen Break Creed to Avoid Neighborhood Dogs

February 12, 2008 | By Robin Wallace | Category: Care & Safety | 985 comments
Tags: dogs, care & safety

ENID, Ok. – The U.S. Postal Service’s creed has been put to the test.

While dedicated carriers might be willing to brave snow, rain or heat, the postal office is no longer carrying mail through an Enid, Oklahoma neighborhood.

The reason? The neighborhood has been declared a “dog danger zone” by postal officials.

According to Enid Postmaster Jeff Carroll there are a couple different dogs causing problems in the 1700 to 1900 block of North Kennedy.

Although there have been no dog attacks in the neighborhood, Carroll said, “We’re not going to wait for that to happen.

“Mail carriers are a prime target for dog attacks. We want to protect the safety of all our carriers,” Carroll explained.

Dogs often consider their home and family as a possession, and will aggressively protect their territory.

A dog might act on those instincts if it feels someone has intruded on their space or threatened their family.

“If we’ve got dogs running loose, it’s a threat,” Carroll said.

And it’s one that Enid Animal Control is responding to. So far animal control officers have issued a couple tickets to pet owners whose dogs were roaming the streets.

In the meantime, all neighborhood residents have to trek to the post office to pick up their mail. Which for some, who depend on mailed prescriptions or checks, it’s a problem.

However, the post office hopes to have the issue resolved within two weeks, either by working with dogs owners to keep the animals contained or by installing a larger central neighborhood mailbox.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
4 years ago

I don't envy the mail carriers having to trudge through all kinds of weather--nice to hear the Post Office backed them up here--having to face a territorial dog would be very scary.

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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

I had no idea there such a "zone" on the books. Makes sense though. The owners should definitely contain their pets as a safety to the pets.

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