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    Royal Mail declare street out of bounds due to dog with an ‚Äėintense hatred of postmen‚Äô

    NewsGeneral Dog NewsFriday 22 February 2013
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    Bosses at the Royal Mail have declared an entire suburban street out of bounds due to a dog with an ‘intense hatred of postmen’. 

    The householders have claimed that the dog, called Jarvis, is a generally friendly animal and he even plays with the local children, however, for some reason he reacts violently to people who are attempting to deliver the mail. 
     
    According to The Telegraph, the decision was made after two postmen were attacked by Jarvis, who is a Rhodesian Ridgeback style dog, and the road is now officially ‘too perilous to make deliveries’.
     
    This move now means that the 100 or so residents of the street in Manchester will have to make a four mile trip to pick up their post. 
     
    Peter Kelly, the delivery office manager, wrote a letter to the street’s residents, which said:
     
    “You maybe aware that on several occasions a Royal Mail post person has been attacked by a dog whilst delivering near your property.
     
    "As a result a health and safety risk assessment was undertaken and confirmed that the level of risk associated with delivering to your property was unacceptably high due to the threat of further dog attacks.
     
    "Royal Mail will carry out its own further investigation into the circumstances surrounding these attacks in due course and we will continue to work with the dog owner to ensure the dog is restrained.
     
    "However I'm very sorry to advise that until such further time as we can guarantee this, we are unable to access your property and delivery mail safely.
     
    "Due to the serious nature of the incident, deliveries to your address will therefore be suspended with immediate effect.
     
    "I hope you understand that this exceptional step is being taken to safeguard the health and safety of Royal Mail employees."
     
    The Telegraph reported that the dog is owned by Victoria Ludlow, 36, and one neighbour told the paper: "This all seems like an over reaction.
     
    “Jarvis is a great dog who is often let out onto the drive way and he runs through the broken down fence into the park next door but he never harms anyone – he just doesn't like postmen that's all.
     
    "He is always plays with the kids on the park and they don't get scared by him despite him being a big dog and as far I'm aware no one else gets threatened by him.
     
    "He's a great dog – it's just that he seems to have an intense hatred of postmen.
     
    “If they have a problem with one house they shouldn't be stopping the post down the whole street – its ridiculous."
     
    Another neighbour Brian Lowe, 73, a great grandfather of three, added: "It's absolute rubbish that we are all being punished for one dog.
     
    “Now I have to take a bus and walk for a very long way to collect my mail. It's hard to believe that one dog is affecting all our mail."
     
    A Royal Mail spokesman said they were working with the council and hoped to resume deliveries soon.
     
    She said: "Deliveries have already been suspended to the address where the dog lives and we have asked the owners to keep the dog under control, so that the postman can complete his round safely. Unfortunately this hasn't happened.
     
    "Following a number of near misses and a risk assessment of the area, we have had to temporarily suspend deliveries to these properties as a precautionary measure."
     
    Recent figures showed 311 postmen and women were attacked by dogs in the north west in the 12 months to April last year.
     
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