The Ombudsman contacted the USPS branch manager for that area about the neighbors’ concern. The manager explained that there had been a problem with loose dogs in the area. Postal regulations require that a letter carrier not attempt delivery of the mail to any address where an unrestrained dog is present. If the dog is roaming loose on a street the carrier can refuse delivery to the entire street. The manager worked with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and requested that they visit the neighborhood and catch the dogs. The neighborhood was again made safe for the carrier to deliver the mail. The Ombudsman called the woman to confirm that the mail was now being delivered to her and her neighbors.
The Postal Service continues its tradition of calling attention to one of the nation’s most commonly reported public health problems: dog bites. It is reported that small children, the elderly, and postal carriers are the most frequent victims of dog bites. Last year, 6,755 Postal Service employees nationwide were victimized by dogs, which is an increase of over 200 from 2015. In 2011, Dayton ranked 15th in the country in the number of dog attacks on postal carriers. Fortunately, in 2016 Dayton is not on the list of the top 30 cities of dog attacks on carriers.