Who’s to Blame for Interrupted Mail Delivery? A Chihuahua

Snow, rain, heat, or gloom of night can't stop the couriers from their appointed rounds, but apparently a little dog on the loose in Iowa can.


If you need more reasons to keep your dog on the leash or safely in your house, here’s one: The U.S. Postal Service might stop delivering your mail. Or, as in the case of a neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it might stop delivering mail to your entire block.

The mail carrier assigned to the block has reported feeling threatened by a Chihuahua mix wandering around without a leash several times. After the fifth time, the USPS decided that enough was enough and issued notices to about 12 residences that mail services were being suspended until owner Guillermo Tellez controlled the dog.

“The dog has interfered, on a number of occasions, with the delivery of the mail in that particular neighborhood,” USPS spokesman Richard Watkins told TV station KCRG. “Once we know that the dog owner has taken responsibility and is making sure that dog is not running free in the neighborhood, the mail delivery will continue.”

As you can imagine, Tellez’s neighbors aren’t happy about having to visit the post office to pick up their mail. Elmer Kasey was very direct and descriptive on his feelings about the whole thing:

“It’s a bunch of poop,” he told a television reporter. “I think if it’s got stamps on it and it says to deliver it, they should deliver it.”

A lot of the neighbors share Kasey’s frustration, but they also understand, having had their own problems with Tellez’s pet.

“We got chased a couple of times just bringing groceries into our house in our own driveway,” says Alyssa Taylor, who lives next door. “And then, we called animal control at that point and they did come and seize the dog because it did not have its vaccines up to date. Two weeks later my five-year-old was bit in the leg in the back of our own yard.”

Tellez, however, says that his pet is a “nice dog” who gets along with children, and only occasionally gets out. Nice or not, the dog needs to stay on a leash or behind a fence, and until then, the street’s mailboxes are staying empty.


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