Thursday, May 24, 2007
This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the United States Postal Service is working to educate Americans about dog bite prevention.
According to National Association of Letter Carriers, an average of 10 letter carriers in the United States suffer dog-related injuries each delivery day.
However in Canada, dogs don't seem to be as big a problem for mail carriers as cats - especially a black one named Shadow who is shown above.
Featured in newspapers and news broadcasts across the country, postal carriers alleged Shadow hid under a porch and hissed at them.
An article in the Winnipeg Free Press reports a letter was sent by Canada Post to Shadow's owners stating in no uncertain terms that "...they would have to pick up their mail at a postal outlet about four kilometres away due to unsafe access."
However, neighbours and caretakers of the black cat said accusations against the docile creature were inconceivable.
A compromise was reached when Shadow's once open-sided porch was boarded up and a Canada Post supervisor came out and approved the location as being safe for mail carriers to return.
Kathi Neal, Canada Post spokeswoman, is quoted in the article as saying, "Our goal is to always work with our customers to ensure safe mail delivery and we're delighted the situation has been resolved favourably."