USPS suspends, then reinstates, mail delivery in Lee's Summit; loose dog to blame

KMBZ News Staff
November 01, 2019 - 5:52 am

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- After a mail carrier was attacked by a dog in Lee's Summit, the USPS elected to suspend delivery service in a neighborhood in the 600 blocks of 4th Street and 4th Terrace.

While service was restored in the area Oct. 31, the dog has not been located. 

Mark Inglett is with the United States Postal Service. He told KMBZ this is a fairly common problem for USPS. 

"We took a couple weeks to go out there, we made sure we took every precaution we could to locate the dog," Inglett said. "The dog has been unable to be located, but the neighborhood appears to be safe and there's no other dog issues there."

Ken Baechtold is co-owner of gentledogtraining.com. He said it's common for dogs to act aggressively towards mail carriers, and there's a reason for that. 

"A lot of times the dog sees the mail carrier as an intruder coming up to the house," Baechtold explained. "Whatever the dog does, barks or whatever, they get rid of the intruder six days a week."

Baechtold suggested conditioning your dog to get used to mail carriers around the same time every day to prepare them for when they show up at your house.

He also said that if carriers keep treats with them, they may find that man's best friend becomes mail carrier's best friend, too. 
 

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