Some South Bay residents say USPS stopped delivery after dog encounter

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SAN DIEGO -- Residents in an Otay Mesa neighborhood say their mail service stopped three weeks ago after an encounter between a mail carrier and a dog.

According to an Animal Control report, a mail carrier felt threatened by a female Rottweiler after she barked and growled. The dog was not on a leash.

The report states the carrier sprayed the animal and her owner with pepper spray before the two men got into a heated argument. Police and Animal Control officers were called to the scene. It was determined the dog never harmed the carrier.

But residents say they are now paying the price for the encounter. They say they haven't had mail delivery since the incident took place in early January.

To get their mail, they must drive to the postal office about five miles away.

"We're just waiting, we're getting tired. It's irritating, it's frustrating. We're paying our taxes and we don't got no service," said resident Eddie Ortiz.

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed mail service has been stopped to about 50 homes the area.

A spokesperson said it is their police to suspend delivery if a mail carrier feels unsafe in a certain neighborhood until an investigation can be done.

There is still no indication as to when mail service will resume.


  • jmg

    Guess they should look up that taxes don’t fund the USPS. That said, I think 3 weeks for someone nervous about an unleashed dog is a bit excessive. I would presume the dog owner was instructed to keep the dog on a leash.

    • Charles

      The people here need to talk with there neighbor or take out a complaint with the city about there neighbor or is it that the people are also afraid or feel threaten by there neighbor. don’t complain if you don’t want to do something to ensure the carrier can do there job safe.

  • Idiot liberals

    This is a typical ghetto problem. Residents walk around with dangerous dogs off the leash and then want “normalcy” with services.

    These residents do realize that the rest of the real world isn’t like that, right? Leashes and required vaccinations are made for a reason. Don’t play by the rules? Expect to suffer the consequences.

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