Canada Post has shut the door on home delivery for one street in Hamilton, and one particularly furry resident may be to blame.
Mail delivery has been halted to about 40 homes on Hamilton’s Hooper Street, after a Canada Post mailman took issue with a dog living there.
“They shut the mail off to that street because of these two dogs,” said Kenneth Pinder. “Nobody on that street has been receiving mail for about three or four weeks.”
Pinder’s elderly aunt lives on Hooper Street, and worries about how she will be able to get her pension checks.
Residents must now pick up their mail from a Canada Post distribution center in the city, which is a challenge for residents like Pinder’s aunt who is in her 80’s, with limited mobility.
“It just makes me ill to think that some idiot out there with a dog can control the whole street,” Pinder told the Hamilton Spectator. “It’s darn near criminal to me.”
But the dog’s owner, Ron Hosker, thinks there might be more at play here than his rowdy pup.
“They’re using my situation with my dog to do what they feel like doing,” said Hosker.
He believes that Canada Post doesn’t want to send their mail carriers to the street because of nearby construction, and are simply using the dog as a scapegoat.
The dog’s involvement in the situation can be traced to a misunderstanding between one mailman and Hosker’s playful dog. He says the mailman was flapping his arms to scare the dog away, which the dog mistook as an attempt to play.
“She thinks she has to meet everybody, especially if they’re on our property,” said Hosker.
He added that while his dog is a puppy and has some puppy-like tendencies, she isn’t aggressive, and he’s never received a complaint from a neighbor.
Still, Canada Post halted home delivery of mail first to Hosker’s property, and then to the whole street, beginning in late August.
Meanwhile, the local humane society says that they commonly receive reports from Canada Post about troublesome animals on their routes, but in this case, no known complaint has been filed.
“They contact us for various things, so I’m surprised that they didn’t contact us about this,” said Adrienne McBride, executive director for the Guelph Humane Society.
She added that if anybody has a complaint with a neighborhood dog, they should contact the humane society, adding that being given more information allows them to ensure the safety of all involved in a situation like this.