Thursday marked the first time in over two weeks residents in the 5000 block of College Avenue in Hannibal didn’t have to make a trip to the post office to get their mail. A spokesperson with the U.S. Postal Service reported that home delivery on both sides of the street in that block resumed after a dog that mail carriers have had problems with for years was relocated.
But not everyone on College Avenue was happy Thursday. David and Kristi Taylor were advised late that afternoon that their 6-year-old pitbull, Moose, has been deemed a dangerous animal by Police Chief Lyndell Davis following his review of statements by neighbors and mail carriers, along with other pertinent information.
While e-mail and phone messages left at HPD were not returned Thursday, David Taylor reported shortly before 4 p.m. that he was being served at that time with the papers that declared his pet a danger.
While such a declaration does not prohibit the owner from keeping the animal, there are strict guidelines that the owner must adhere to or run the risk of having the animal seized by the city.
On Tuesday, the Taylors were given 48 hours to find Moose a new home outside the city limits. On Wednesday, David Taylor reported Moose was staying at his daughter’s residence on New London Gravel Road, which is in the city limits. Moose was still at that location on Thursday afternoon, according to Taylor.
“Hopefully the dog will be restrained and not be allowed to run loose,” said Valerie Welsch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service. “That was the issue on College Avenue.”
Welsch dismissed the notion that mail delivery might now be cut off on New London Gravel Road because that is now where Moose is being kept.
“I don’t know why it would be,” she said. “We wouldn’t even know where he is unless there is a problem.”