Home mail deliveries could resume soon in the 5000 block of College Avenue in Hannibal since Moose, David and Kristi Taylor's large dog, has been relocated. The U.S. Postal Service ceased mail delivery in that neighborhood in late April after repeated issues with the dog.
David Taylor reported Wednesday afternoon that Moose is now staying at his daughter's residence on New London Gravel Road.
"She wants to keep him, but she's still inside the city limits and I don't think they're going to buy that," he said, referring to the city.
According to Lt. John Zerbonia of HPD, the Taylors are being given the opportunity to find a suitable home for the dog "outside the city limits."
Moose's relocation came after a Tuesday meeting that brought together police, the Taylors and other College Avenue residents. During the meeting police were given additional background information regarding Moose's activities.
"We found out the dog had been chasing adults, including elderly adults, children in the neighborhood and grandchildren. This had been going on since 2009," said Zerbonia. "We also found out the owner of the dog had been receiving letters from the post office since 2009 requesting him to keep the dog under control, keep it in the house during delivery hours and things like that, and he obviously didn't do it, which resulted in (mail) service being discontinued."
Chief Lyndell Davis has begun a review of the new information in an effort to determine if Moose is dangerous or not.
"In the meantime Mr. Taylor, the dog's owner, was given the opportunity to find a suitable home for the dog outside the city limits," said Zerbonia. "The chief wanted to give the owners of the dog that opportunity instead of restricting the dog to the guidelines of the dangerous dog ordinance."
Taylor says he has a "good idea" that Davis' ruling will go against his dog.
Taylor still contends his 6-year-old pitbull is not dangerous.
"Sure Moose is aggressive, I agree with that, but he's never bitten anybody and if you tried to get him to bite somebody, he wouldn't," he said, adding that the dog is a source of protection for his wheelchair-bound wife when he's not home.
During Tuesday's meeting, Taylor was given until Thursday afternoon to find a permanent home outside the city for Moose. However, that deadline could be pushed back if Taylor needs just a bit more time to make arrangements.
"The chief is trying to be as flexible as possible with everyone," said Zerbonia.
Although Moose is gone, it's still unclear when mail delivery might resume on College Avenue. A local postal official declined to comment on the matter Wednesday afternoon.