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Post office blames dogs for halt on Dexter neighborhood mail delivery

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Hampton says the post office won’t deliver his mail until his moves his mailbox from his door to the street. Hampton says the post office won’t deliver his mail until his moves his mailbox from his door to the street.
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DEXTER, MO (KFVS) -

Several people in Dexter got letters from the post office telling them they wouldn't get their mail because of what it calls dangerous dogs. However, residents say the dogs in their neighborhood are harmless.

"[My mailbox has been there] since the day I moved in. That's over 31 years ago," Grant Hampton said.

Hampton lives on Locust Street in Dexter. He says after all these years, the post office has stopped delivering his mail. Hampton says the post office won't deliver his mail until his moves his mailbox from his door to the street.

"They want me to put it 18 inches from my tire," Hampton said as he walked out of his house to where his car was parked on the street. "It's probably about 20 feet, maybe 25."

According to Hampton, his neighbor's dog and all the other dogs on the street are harmless.

"The only time [my neighbor's dog] is not tied up is when the little girl takes him for walks," Hampton said.

Hampton says he doesn't think the dogs are the post master's only reason for wanting the mailboxes moved.

"The only thing I can think of is, the more people they can get to purchase as post office box, the less they have to walk," Hampton said.

Hampton says he and some of his neighbors are sometimes unable to walk out to the street to get their mail. He says purchasing the mailbox would be a financial strain.

"They want me to pay for taking this off the wall and moving it outside," Hampton said.

When the letter came informing him the post office would no longer bring mail to his home, Hampton says the carrier had no problems getting up to his door.

"They came up on the porch, they dropped the little sheet of paper in there saying that the mail carrier was afraid of the dog," Hampton said.

Hampton says he believes it is less about dangerous dogs and more about delivering mail from the comfort of a mail truck.

"No rain, no snow, but a little dog can stop them from mailing," Hampton said.

Officials at the post office refused to comment on the issue.

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