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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Postal Service considers cutting mail delivery in different neighborhood

  • Residents on a portion of New London Gravel Road could see their home mail delivery cut off. If it happens, the reason will be the same as what prompted U.S. Postal officials to take the same step for over two weeks on College Avenue - Moose, a 6-year-old pitbull.
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  • Residents on a portion of New London Gravel Road could see their home mail delivery cut off. If it happens, the reason will be the same as what prompted U.S. Postal officials to take the same step for over two weeks on College Avenue - Moose, a 6-year-old pitbull.
    The dog’s owner, David Taylor, relocated it this week from his home on College Avenue to the residence of his daughter, Lori Bono, who lives inside the city limits on New London Gravel Road.
    Postmaster Bob Baker said Friday afternoon that option is a definite possibility.
    “At this point we’re still trying to determine from animal control and the Police Department whether the dog is going to be staying there, and if indeed that dog is going to reside at that location we will be curtailing mail delivery in order to protect the carriers that deliver in that area,” he said.
    Baker’s statement came before Taylor announced late in the day he would not appeal Thursday’s “dangerous dog” designation and would try to find a home for the dog outside the city. But it is unclear how much patience the Postal Service will have, especially if Taylor has trouble finding someone willing to take Moose.
    Bono doesn’t believe cutting mail service to nearby homes is necessary.
    “They have no reason to cut off the mail for anybody on my block,” she said. “I’m at the corner of Collision and New London Gravel Road. There’s nobody in front of me and I have no neighbors behind me, only one on each side. One neighbor, he don’t have no problem with Moose.”
    According to Taylor, mail delivery to his daughter’s home has already been halted.
    “I called the animal control as soon as I moved Moose from College Avenue and within 20 minutes they notified Lori her mail was stopped,” he said. “I’m going to go get her a post office box, too. We’re tired of playing games with the post office.”
    Moose has had no problems with the mail carrier since moving to New London Gravel Road, according to Bono.
    “When the mail truck went by on the first day and they skipped me, he didn’t bark once,” she said.
    Bono reports that Moose has been well behaved since joining the household that also includes two other pitbull mix dogs, a cat and a chicken.
    “Moose gets along with them. If he was such a dangerous dog, how could he be around all these other animals?” she asked.

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