Springfield residents speak out after missing mail delivery for nearly two months
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KY3) – A Springfield neighborhood went almost two months without mail delivery.
After five days without mail in early April, Joe Brandel checked with the post office. Brandel says he was told there was a stray wild dog, and that’s why mail delivery was cut short.
“Simply because he’s a cowardly dog,” Brandel says. “I mean there’s going to be a dog on the loose anywhere so we have to figure it out.”
Brandel lives in the 2600 block of W. Nichols Street. He says the blocks between N. Clifton and N. Fulbright have not received any mail since early April.
Brandel says many people in the neighborhood put the blame on a family.
“There’s a house across the street where they have two big dogs, and they basically told us that was the house. So everyone ganged up on that poor kid, ”Brandel says.
This house belongs to Aaron Zabala. Zabala says he received mixed messages from the post office and believes it is because he has two pit bulls.
“I went to the post office and was told it wasn’t my dogs at first,” Zabala says. “Then I was told it was my dogs, and again it wasn’t.”
Zabala says animal control even came to his house. He says some neighbors still hold him responsible.
“My wife was at home and she was the only one at home and [a neighbor] came to the porch started yelling at him, telling him it’s our dogs and our fault, ”Zabala said. “We need to tidy our dogs.”
Zabala says he and his wife are considering leaving Springfield.
Neighbors had to go to the post office to pick up their mail, which many say can be frustrating. Brandel says he doesn’t have time to go get the mail every day.
“It’s at least a 30-minute commute every time you go,” Brandel says. “We would love to receive our mail every day, but I don’t have three more hours a week to pick up mail and that’s if I’m okay. I went there today and the ride was about 45 minutes. It’s frustrating and no one knows what’s going on.
Brandel says he’s worried about missing the deadlines to pay the bills.
“Late payments or just the time to devote to it. It’s like three hours a week if we can do it everyday, ”Brandel says. “This is if things are going well.”
Neighbors say they hope delivery will resume soon.
KY3 contacted USPS and the Postal Service sent us this statement in response to undelivered mail:
“We have been informed that we have several dogs roaming free in this area which prohibit our carriers from delivering safely to the house. If a dog creates a dangerous environment and prevents the safe delivery of mail to the home, we will stop delivery to that residence until the situation is resolved.
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