Mail delivery for residents in the 1500 block of Cumberland Avenue in Waco will resume on Saturday.
Their mail was suspended after a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was attacked by TWO PIT BULL DOGS on April 21 and was taken to the emergency room for treatment, according to USPS Spokeswoman Arlene Sanchez.
Julie Vasquez who lives on Cumberland Avenue said she has not received her mail since Monday. On Friday morning, when Vasquez went to the post office, she was told to sign a letter agreeing to choose a mail deliver option moving forward. This included, renting a post office box or installing a curbside mail box in front of her home.
“I don’t feel like the whole block needs not to be penalized because of one person’s dog. It just doesn’t feel right,” said Vasquez.
After News Channel 25 contacted USPS about this situation, Sanchez issued a response saying the mail delivery service would resume on Saturday, April 30.
She said one of the dogs involved was quarantine by Animal Control but the second dog had not been captured. Animal Control has been supporting in an effort to capture the dog, but it was unsuccessful. Since there was no sign of the second pit bull, the mail delivery will resume Saturday.
“We apologize to the customers who were inconvenienced by this action, but safety of our employees is paramount,” said Sanchez in a statement.
According to Sanchez, from nips and bites to actual attacks, violent dog behavior continues to be a threat to USPS employees. In 2015, 6,549 Postal Service Employees were victimized by dogs.