USPS won’t deliver mail due to neighbor’s dog


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A viewer reached out to 2 News after the postal services refused to deliver her mail.

Every day for the past 37 years 61-year old Valerie McGinnis goes outside and gets her mail. However, a month ago, the United States Postal Service stopped delivering her mail.

“The first day was on a Wednesday, I noticed my mail wasn’t here, which I thought was very strange because its been years since I haven’t gotten something” said Valerie McGinnis, Kettering resident.

Several days later, Valerie says she went to the post office to find out what was going on.

“I continued to pick up my mail from the post office, the mail worker came out and informed me in front of a long line, I wouldn’t have my mail delivered as long as my neighbors lived there and had a dog” said McGinnis.

The dog is a black Labrador named Scooby.The post office says Scooby runs loose and is dangerous. USPS says they won’t deliver the mail to Valerie, the dog owner, or the neighbor on the other side.

The postal service tells me all 3 were notified by a postal manager, but Valerie said she was never notified and she was told it was her responsibility to call police about the dog.

“I refuse because the dog is not vicious” said McGinnis.

2 NEWS called the postal service spokesman in Cleveland. He says the mail carrier who delivers to Regent Street was bit by a dog last year, but not by Scooby.

“Even one time is enough to alert us that there might be a problem. Over 5,500 mail carriers were attacked last year by dogs, 13 of those were in the Dayton area” said David Van Allen, USPS corporate communications.

2 NEWS checked with animal control and did find one citation against Scooby. It was filed by the post office regarding this issue.

Van Allen tells 2 NEWs the post office considers all dogs a threat and any breed can bite.

As for Valerie she just wants her mail…

“It’s a God given right and my taxes pay for my mail to be delivered to my home” said McGinnis.

USPS says in order to fix the problem, postal workers including managers need to see that the dog is consistently restrained during delivery hours.

Valerie tells 2 NEWS during those times the dog has remained indoors, but her mail still hasn’t been delivered.

2 NEWS reached out to the owners of the dog, but haven’t heard back yet.

Kettering Police department responded to 117 dog related calls in 2014.

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