The postman does not deliver mail in the Cleveland neighborhood
CLEVELAND (WJW) – The FOX 8 I-Team has found an entire Cleveland neighborhood complaining that mail is not being delivered due to concerns about dogs and even a cat.
So, we tracked down the factor that has so many people in an uproar.
Residents of the Bellaire-Puritas section of Cleveland turned to the I-Team after saying they had not received mail because of a cat, dogs and, simply, doors left open.
” I do not have a dog. I have a 9 month old kitten. He won’t give me my mail because I have a kitten, ”said Cathy Zimmer.
“If we open our doors when he arrives, he doesn’t deliver. I open my door, he won’t deliver, ”said Robert Pongallo.
“I don’t think he’s scared. I think he makes a game of it, ”said Glen Dunaway.
Residents say they often don’t receive mail when their front doors are open, even without a dog in sight. They say the postman told them a dog could load.
Zimmer told us that the postman would not give him the drugs he ordered either.
“I said, ‘I really need my medicine.’ He said, ‘Well, the door was open, too bad. Maybe, maybe tomorrow, ”Zimmer said.
On Wednesday afternoon, the I-Team found the postman driving through the neighborhood, so we approached.
We told him that a lot of people say they have difficulty receiving mail because of him and we wanted to know what he had to say about it.
All he said was, “You have a good day,” and he left.
The I-Team has contacted the Postal Service, asking if a letter carrier can decide for themselves not to deliver house after house.
First, a spokesperson returned a general statement about carrier safety, so we pressed him about this neighborhood.
An email said: “There are a number of addresses on this carrier route that have seen mail delivery suspended due to an animal threat. A cat can also present a trip hazard with potential danger to the carrier and the animal. When a carrier feels unsafe, postal service may be interrupted. The best way to keep everyone safe is to recognize and promote responsible pet ownership. Most people know what approximate time their letter carrier is arriving each day and securing their pet when the carrier approaches their property for delivery will minimize animal / carrier interactions.
Another email read: “More than 5,800 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year. To help eliminate dog attacks, the Postal Service asks customers to place their dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door when a postman delivers mail to your home. Dogs are known to barge through screen doors or glass windows to reach strangers.
“The safety of our employees is paramount. If a mailman feels threatened by a dog or if a dog is free, we may ask the owner to collect their mail from the post office until our carrier is satisfied that the animal has been restrained.
Residents say their carrier is exercising extreme caution.
As the I-Team took pictures of him, he appeared to take pictures of the I-Team.
Meanwhile, residents have started a petition to have this carrier sent for delivery elsewhere.
“I want him to get off this road. I want him to get off this road, ”Zimmer said.
Cleveland City Councilor Brian Kazy tells us he’s also trying to fix something. Kazy says he’s talking to residents, the Postal Service and a local MP to determine what can be changed and how.
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