Some South Bay residents say USPS stopped delivery after dog encounter


Mila the Rottweiler in the backyard of her home in Otay Mesa.

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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.

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