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LETTER: Postmaster wants you to socially distance your dog

Michael L. Becker
York Postmaster
K-9 Handler Lt. David Godfrey, left, and Capt. Dargo Bett Silver, both of York County Sheriff's Office, lead a canine awareness demonstration for postal carriers at the US Post Office West York Carrier Annex on Smile Drive in York, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

As the Postal Service continues to provide an essential service during the current crisis, we want to make sure our carriers are safe and out of harm’s way while making their appointed rounds.

To ensure mail carriers’ safety, dog owners must securely lock their dog in another room until a delivery exchange is done. If outside, dogs must be leashed at a distance from the mailbox. Also, please remind children to close doors and gates, making sure dogs are properly “social distancing” from carriers.

When a carrier feels unsafe, mail service could be interrupted, not only for the dog owner, but for the entire neighborhood. When mail service is interrupted, mail must be picked up at the Post Office. Service will not be restored until the dog is properly restrained.

Dog attacks and bites are 100 percent preventable when dog owners remain vigilant and properly restrain their dogs. With your help, we can keep our hero carriers, your neighbors and your dogs safe.

Thank you for protecting your pet and our mail carriers as we continue to bring packages and correspondence to your door each day.