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Dogs pit locals against postal service

November 6, 2008 5:56:54 AM PST
Aggressive dogs are being blamed for changes to mail service in a cul-de-sac on 134th Place and Doty Avenue. Residents have been told to install curb side mailboxes or pick up their mail at the post office."Once I get into this cul-de-sac and a dog comes after me, how do I get out? No one has answers for me, but they want to call and scream bloody murder," said mail carrier Debbie Abrams.

Neighbors in Hawthorne are upset at the postal service over a decision to stop delivering mail to their front doors.

"I just want the mail to come back, and we'll work with them to try to keep the dogs in," said Janet Mathews, a Hawthorne resident.

Neighbors say the problem started with a dog that is now gone. Abrams said if aggressive dogs are no longer a problem, she wants to return to delivering mail to front doors, but now it's up to management to determine if the cul-de-sac is safe.

Postal service officials say they regret the changes in mail delivery, but still need to make sure the area is safe.

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