No mail to Kitimat’s Farrow Street until solution found for problem dog

A possible solution has been put together but Canada Post has not yet been presented with it yet.

The Kitimat Community Humane Society is set to pitch a possible solution to Canada Post regarding a suspension of mail delivery on Farrow Street.

Speaking Friday, shelter manager Maryann Oullet said they had devised a possible solution after the mail service discontinued delivery on Farrow due to an aggressive dog which lives in one of the street’s homes.

The District of Kitimat and the Humane Society have been working together to find a solution.

Canada Post had issues on that street relating to the same dog as early as March this year, and mail was discontinued for a short time.

Canada Post spokesperson Eugene Knapik said that none of their carriers have been injured delivering mail on that street but the situation was serious enough to halt deliveries.

Residents of that street must go to the post office directly to collect their mail until a solution has been worked out.

“Regrettably we can’t resume delivery until we’re satisfied it’s safe for our employees to deliver in the area,” said Knapik.

He said he’s aware of at least two compliance orders given to the dog’s owners.

“The issue is with a dog that has been continually running loose on Farrow Street,” he said. “This has been an ongoing issue for us.”

Knapik said that company wide, dog attacks are a very serious issue.

“Dog attacks are a huge problem for us at Canada Post.”

He said last year there were over 500 incidents involving aggressive dogs and their mail carriers, who deliver to 15 million addresses each day.