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Manchester neighborhood must seek new way to receive mail following dog biting incident

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MANCHESTER --  Several customers were notified that their mail will only be delivered to postal boxes accessible from a truck, after another postal worker was attacked by a dog in Manchester.

USPS spokeswoman Christine Dugas said the postal worker who was attacked, required medical treatment following the incident. Dugas said this is the third attack on postal employees from home on 95 Campfield Road.

As a result, Dugas said 12 customers have been told that their mail will only be delivered to postal boxes accessible from a truck. A letter was sent the to Campfield Road homeowners by USPS explaining the reason for the delivery changes, said Dugas.

Manchester police said they checked in with animal control and there’s only been one reported incident of a dog at this address biting a person. The incident, police said, happened two years ago with a mail carrier.

The homeowner accused of this incident, said the dog clenched onto the mailman’s back side and that has been the only time it ever "attacked" someone. She added that the dog was spooked from a previous encounter with a mail person when it was one years old. Allegedly, the dog ran out and the mailman got scared and kicked it.

The homeowner said she did get sued for that incident.

She said in this latest incident that sparked the post master sending out a letter, the dog got out because kids opened the door, and it ran after a mail truck, but quickly came back when she called it.

She said she feels this whole situation is being blown out of proportion, saying if her dog was “attacking” people, she wouldn’t own it or have it around kids.

According to Dugus, there has been 34 dog attacks on postal workers in Connecticut since October and, 6,755 dog attacks nationally on postal employees in 2016; an increase of 200 attacks over 2015.

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