Local Postmaster seeks public’s help with dog bite prevention

Special to the Herald

Dog attacks on Big Spring’s mail carriers is showing an alarming increase this year, with four so far in 2016.
From 2012 to 2015, Big Spring mail carriers experienced a total of two dog bites during the entire four-year period.
Three of this year’s dog attacks occurred within a short period in early June, prompting Postmaster Robert Fleet to ask Big Spring residents for help in restraining their pets to ensure the safety of mail carriers and the general public.
If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained, Postal Service officials said. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well for the safety of the carriers.