SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The United States Postal Service is putting the bite on mail service. It has nothing to do with postal agency cuts but unrestrained canines.
Nationwide, Springfield ranks 23rd when it comes to dog attacks on postal workers. They average about 12 dog attacks a year. Because of a handful of dogs, a neighborhood near Kearney Street at Glenstone Avenue is no longer getting mail delivered to their homes.
"I get quite a bit of mail. I sent out a lot of mail. I pay all my bills manually," said Todd Magness.
For the past few weeks, Magness says his mailbox has been empty.
"They said we would be receiving a letter, and that our services have been suspended," he said.
Magness is one of more than 40 addresses affected by the suspension.
Mary Mitchell lives on Turner Street. She says the mail suspension is causing problems for her family. She has guardianship of her 8-year-old great granddaughter. Her medication comes through the mail. She hasn't received any of that medication in nearly two weeks.
The reason for the suspension of service is dogs.