The local post office certainly has to be concerned about the safety of their mail carriers from loose or vicious dogs. After all, homeowners are responsible for making certain their animals are restrained and their homes are safe for people who have to provide public services to those homes.

A recent decision by the post office to require a city block to put up curbside mailboxes doesn’t appear to have a thorough enough background to demand such a request. Residents in the area were told by the post office the reason for change is because of loose or vicious dogs in the area; however, the Enid Police Department or animal control can’t back up that request with actual incident reports. Postal officials couldn’t provide the newspaper the evidence, either

Loose animals are a city concern. The police department or animal control office does need to be contacted by mail carriers or the post office if they are threatened by an animal.

We would prefer to see these situations handled individually. Most times, an animal can be identified as belonging to a particular household, and that household can be contacted to make sure the animal is restrained. However, requiring entire city blocks to change to curbside mailboxes because of one incident or one complaint just doesn’t pass muster. If this is the case, then perhaps it’s time to start converting all mail delivery to curbside delivery.

The post office needs to rethink this request, or provide the evidence to back up the decision.

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