Mail Delivery In Iowa Halted By Threatening Chihuahua

USPS: this is for the mail carrier's protection

We're all familiar with the stereotype of the mailman thwarted by an angry dog, chomping at his heels as he runs off, leaving a trail of dropped letters behind him. Usually the kind of animal we're picturing is a big, square-headed bruiser at the end of a chain, but one dog is proving that even pint-sized pooches can pack a punch--and mail delivery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is suffering because of it.

According to, the mail carrier for a block in Cedar Rapids felt threatened by a resident Chihuahua mix, and the USPS has temporarily halted deliveries out of concern for the carrier's safety.

"The dog has interfered, on a number of occasions, with the delivery of the mail in that particularly neighborhood," said Postal Service Spokesman Richard Watkins. After the mail carrier saw the dog unrestrained for the fifth time, the Post Office sent out letters saying the the entire block's mail is on hold.

The break in service has affected about a dozen homes on Walker Street Northeast, where the dog lives with owner Guillermo Tellez, who insists that his dog is friendly.

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"It's a nice dog," he said, adding that it plays well with children. But some of his neighbors, who, for now, must pick up their mail from a nearby Post Office, are coming out on the mail carrier's side.

"We got chased a couple times just bringing groceries into our house in our own driveway," said Alyssa Taylor, Tellez's next-door neighbor. "We called Animal Control at that point and they did come and seize the dogs because it did not have its vaccines up to date. Two weeks later my five-year-old was bit in the leg in the back of our own yard."

Others just want the situation resolved. "It's a bunch of poop," said Elmer Kasey, who lives on the block. "I think it's got stamps on it and it says to deliver it, they should deliver it."

According to the USPS, more than 5,000 workers were attacked by dogs in 2012. Maybe they should think about revising that whole credo of theirs: Neither snow nor rain stays these couriers. Chihuahas, on the other hand...

In the meantime, KCRG reported that police said the dog's owner will be cited if his pet is seen running around the neighborhood.

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Lead poisoning from a 22 would do the trick. Cheap and easy too.

January 23 2015 at 12:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The size of the dog doesn't matter. I got bitten by a small dog that the owner swore was just being friendly. While the lady talked the dog jumped up and latched onto my wrist, not letting go. It hurt, it caused damage, and the Post Office claims all dog bites are self-inflicted injuries to the carrier. Why risk injury when your employer tells you that you are at fault if a dog decides to bite you.

April 09 2014 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Put them on the BSL list in replace of any "Terrier" breed or resemblance of such breed...CHIHUAHUA'S!!! There are more bite related incidents that as looked at as "playful" when they shouldn't be.

I'm extremely tired of blaming the wrong end of the leash...Put all the ankle biter's on BSL until those that are on BSL have been redeemed!!!

April 06 2014 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have 8 Chihuahuas. 2 are mine, 6 are fosters for a rescue group. They can run around and play all they want - in the BACK yard, They aren't allowed near the front door. If they go out in front , it's with a harness and leash or in a carrier. I want to make sure my dogs are protected; and my neighbors, friends and mailman. This owner is very irresponsible and shouldn't have a dog. Obedience training is more for the owner than the dog.

April 04 2014 at 12:46 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to JOANNE's comment

So agree Joanne!!! My chi is never unsupervised. I worry as much about people hurting her rather than she hurting people. I live in rural area and also have a large dog as burglar alarm -- her job is to sound tough so I do try to protect visitors from her loud bark. Yes she loves everyone but why scare anyone who just wants to visit? Owner needs to take a class. No excuses.

January 23 2015 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

cbs i dont know what stone idiot means but if dog bites me first defend myself second take it out third sue your ass what part dont you understand we have every right as goverment employee i have enough brains to keep my dogs under control why dont you

April 04 2014 at 12:33 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Delivery or any other PO workers have the right to REFUSE to put themselves in harm's way. And some of those little heel nippers compensate for their small size by being vicious to non-family members. People should watch their dogs as closely as they watch their kids. MHO

April 04 2014 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

im a letter carrier and owner of two large dogs i hate to say it but we our told in the case of dog attack to do whatever it takes to protect yourself that said i will kill your dog if it attacks me and will have every right to do so keep it away from your mailman

April 03 2014 at 11:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

the mailman should grow a pair

April 03 2014 at 10:57 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

The dog owner is an A$$hole. Control your dog. Pretty simple. One of these day the dog will be kicked for a field goal and might not servive it.

April 03 2014 at 10:57 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Just pee in a jar, when the dog start to attack pour or spray it on it, it will leave you alone.

April 03 2014 at 10:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to MrsTreasureWitch's comment

The carrier is going to walk around with a jar of urine and mail in his hands?

April 04 2014 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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