Opinion

Please keep mail carriers others safe, restrain your dog

Letter to the editor,

We’d like Caribou pet owners to take a moment and look at the world through their dog’s eyes. Eating, sleeping and playing take up most of their day. The one job they do have, at least in their minds, is protecting their turf and their family.

“It’s OK, he won’t bite you,” is a phrase heard often by letter carriers. But the truth is that all dogs will bite if they feel their territory or family is being threatened.

To protect your letter carrier, or anyone who may visit your home make sure that your dog is inside, or restrained out of reach of your door, when you’re expecting a delivery. Before opening your door to accept or sign for a package place your pet in another room, secured out of sight of what they may consider a threatening transaction. Make sure any children in the home also understand the need to separate the family pet and a visitor at the door.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Dog bites account for more than one third of all liability claims against homeowners insurance.

With your help, we can keep our carriers, your neighbors and your dog safe. Thank you for being a responsible pet owner and for protecting your pet, and our letter carrier as we continue to bring packages and other important correspondence to your door each day.

Lisa Cantafio

Postmaster Caribou

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