Dog Attack Forces Mail Delivery To Stop In One NJ Town - My9 New Jersey

Dog Attack Forces Mail Delivery To Stop In One NJ Town

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Rochelle Park, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

It’s dog-days on Durand Place in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. Paul and Joan Patti's chocolate Labrador Retriever Max, who they say is normally friendly, apparently attacked the mailman and hurt him pretty bad.

“I guess he was so afraid of the dog he raised his arm to push the dog away. The dog might have thought that he was gonna get hit. And the dog bit him,” Paul Patti explained of the incident.

Now, the post office has cut off mail service, not just to the Patti’s residence, but to the two houses on each side of them, a total of five homes on the block. Ron Zampella is the neighbor to the right of the Patti’s and he says it's nothing personal, but his wife needs her medicine which comes through the mail.

“They said we delivered it, it’s at the post office you gotta pick it up. Okay. The post office in Rochelle Park is closed on Saturdays, had to wait till Monday to get the medicine for my wife,” he said.

Yesterday, when the noon mail delivery arrived, the mailman on duty, who was on vacation when the substitute mailman was attacked, said he himself has had history with Max the dog. He confirmed that Max jumped on him twice while delivering the mail and at times he felt like he could be in danger.

The post office says cutting off service like this is rare, but they added that they aren't going to put workers at risk. The Patti's acknowledge that the incident is their fault, but they can't see why the neighbors' service needs to be cut off too. Paul Patti says the Saddle Brook postmaster won't return service until Max has been put down or otherwise done away with, but that hasn’t been confirmed. However, Paul says Max is family and that isn’t even a consideration for them.

The post office is looking for solutions around the problem to help the surrounding homes get their mail delivered. These suggestions include things like moving the mailbox closer to the road.

 

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