Residents upset after mail suspended in Montgomery neighborhood

Residents upset after mail suspended in Montgomery neighborhood
Many residents, including Johnetta Tyson, on Biscayne Drive are upset with USPS' decision to suspend their mail service. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Many residents, including Johnetta Tyson, on Biscayne Drive are upset with USPS' decision to suspend their mail service. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Mail in one Montgomery neighborhood isn't being delivered and officials say it's for the safety of its employees.

According to the United Postal Service safety manager, mail delivery in the area of Biscayne Drive, located off Narrow Lane Road, has been suspended because of a situation involving a dog. USPS says there is a dog in the area that continually jumps a fence and then chases the letter carrier.

USPS says mail will be suspended temporarily in the area until the owner secures the dog.

"The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority," Debbie Fetterly with the USPS said. "If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained."

If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, Fetterly says the pet owner and their neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the post office.

Fetterly confirmed that USPS contacted animal control, but when animal control arrived on the scene and spoke with the dog's owner, the dog was secured.

Many residents on Biscayne Drive are upset with USPS' decision to suspend their mail service.

"I don't think it's fair cause I think it was just one house," Johnetta Tyson said. "We don't like going to the post office and picking up mail, because it's supposed to be delivered to your house."

"It takes a lot of effort for me to get different places because I have a physical disability," Clara Bledsoe said. Bledsoe has osteoarthritis and said it's an inconvenience for her to have to go to the post office to get her mail. "For the rest of the street to get penalized for that, I'm thinking that's an injustice in my opinion."

Ironically, they found out their mail service had been suspended by mail.

"It was in the mailbox, yes," Bledsoe said.

"We got a letter on top of the mailbox saying that the problem that they were having with the postman with the animals I guess in the neighborhood," Tyson said.

At this point, no one knows how long the mail service on Biscayne Drive will be suspended for.

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