Residents in one Springfield neighborhood are upset, because they’re not getting their mail.
It’s all because of ongoing issues with a neighbor’s dog.
The postal service told Western Mass News that 28 residents on College Street are no longer receiving their mail, because mail carriers feel threatened by the dog.
A spokesperson said the dog had bitten a carrier, and just a couple of days ago lunged at another.
Until this issue is resolved, the residents will no longer have their mail delivered, and neighbors are furious.
“We've compiled bulks of mail. This is two weeks of mail, imagine if I go a week without my mail, I’m upset and need my mail restored like it was yesterday.”
A lot of people living on College Street in Springfield said they’ve had enough.
It’s been days since they’ve had their mail delivered to their door.
Instead, they now have to go out of their way to pick it up at the post office.
“I had to go to Main Street and that is the busiest post office, which is an hour wait in this season to retrieve my mail, which comes faithfully every day. I don’t have the time nor the patience to sit in that kind of line to retrieve my mail every day.”
Maureen Marion is the northeast representative for the postal service.
She said they had to stop deliveries because of safety.
“When we had a carrier that feels they are unsafe in their condition or if there is an actual incident, and in this case a dog chasing you, and you have to jump a fence or a guardrail, that’s an issue.”
Marion said this isn’t the first incident with the same dog.
She adds that the problem is the dog sometimes is let loose and roams the neighborhood.
“The dog a couple weeks ago didn't break the skin, but did go to the uniform of the carrier and bit their clothing, so it could’ve been a skin break, so that’s enough reason for us to be like, we can't go there.”
Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control is involved.
Spokesperson Pam Peebles said they have not been able to get in contact with the owner, but will continue to investigate.
Peebles also said that the pitbull has no record of vaccines or license in the city’s dog tracking system, which is a cause for concern.
28 residents have been affected, and Marion said they won’t resume service until the problem with the dog is resolved.
Something that isn’t sitting well with neighbors, and they said they just want the dog owner to cooperate.
The property owner who told Western Mass News he is cooperating said he spoke with the tenant who owns the dog.
Depending on the findings of the investigation, he may ask the tenant to leave.
Marion said residents affected by this situation can go to Mason Square to pick up their mail.
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