MONCTON – Residents on a street in downtown Moncton are upset their mail delivery service has been cut off after a postal worker was allegedly attacked by dogs on the loose in the neighbourhood.
Canada Post stopped delivering to more than 100 homes around Robinson Street on Tuesday, and people living there are not only angry about the loss in mail service, but also by the state of the area.
Neighbours identified the home where the mail carrier was attacked to Global News, and a dog could be seen standing on its roof.
Joshua Murphy lives in the apartment building across the street from the home where the owner of one of the dogs lives.
“There are two dogs in the area attacking postal workers and people and being aggressive, so they are not going to be delivering mail to this area anymore,” he said.
That notice from Canada Post was placed in residents’ mailboxes on Tuesday. Paul Cormier, who lives in the area, says mail service is his lifeline.
“I am on the disability pension and I got a cheque every month and my bank statements come through here,” he said.
Canada Post spokeswoman Anick Losier says it had no choice but to stop delivery after one of its workers was attacked earlier this week.
“We made the decision in the interest of the health and safety of our employees…to suspend mail delivery to about 121 addresses on the street until we have written assurance from the owner of the pets that they will be restrained during the hours of delivery,” she said.
The property owner, Stephen Gallant, bought the house just over a week ago and plans to tear it down. He alleges illegal drug activity has taken place there in the past.
“You know it’s an unsafe house, so by tearing it down hopefully it will prevent any potential tragedy down the road,” he said.
He already has permits in hand and plans to demolish the building in the next few weeks.
Trudy Andrews, whose daughter lives on the street, said that can’t happen soon enough.
“I think they need to clean up the areas overall, I am not heartbroken if it goes,” she said.
Residents are able to pick up their mail at a nearby post office until the situation is resolved.
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