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Continued: Tevlin: Rain or sleet can’t stop your mail, but a tiny dog can

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 25, 2014 - 9:08 PM

So, I read Nowacki the Postal Service’s own guidelines on dog bites.

There was a long silence.

“I’ll look into it and get back to you,” Nowacki said.

I truly thought he would call back, saying the post office had come to its senses and was offering a compromise.

Never underestimate the arrogance of the Postal Service.

Nowacki said those guidelines don’t pertain to “serious attacks,” but he wouldn’t say if Nano’s “attack” was one.

If Patrick moves, will the Postal Service follow her and refuse service at her new home?

“We don’t track where people move,” said Nowacki, who added that if they found out, they would “send information to that station that there was a dangerous dog” and it would be up to them whether to deliver to her house.


So now we have a situation in which a government agency either determines where a person lives, or forces her to kill her dog. They are forcing Patrick, in essence, to go far beyond what Animal Control recommends. And the taxpayers will pick up the tab for an almost certain lawsuit.

For Patrick, the ordeal of trying to solve her issues with the post office while trying to determine if she has to move has been mind-boggling.

“It’s been like an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ” she said.


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