Editorial: Did the dog killed after a mail delivery dispute deserve to die?

Editorial: Did the dog killed after a mail delivery dispute deserve to die?

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Mail delivery service is back up and running in a Cleveland neighborhood after a dog named Rocky attacked a mail carrier's bag, which stopped delivery to seven homes for half a year because the carrier didn't feel safe.

Why did it take half a year to sort out what to do with this "nuisance" dog?

The dog technically didn't bite the mail carrier, but he was seized this past month and euthanized after the owner reportedly didn't comply with the Cleveland Division of Animal Control. According to the owner, the city never told her that her dog was labeled a "threat dog" and that she needed to fulfill certain requirements if she wanted to get Rocky back.

Over several months, the neighbors who suddenly weren't getting any mail filed complaints about the dog and the stopped mail -- as they should have -- to their city councilman, the mayor, and their congresswoman. So, last month, Animal Control went to the dog's home on Walden Avenue and seized the animal and immediately put it down.

Why wait six months before a doggie intervention? Was the killing necessary? Shouldn't the dog have been rehabilitated or attempted to rehome first?

After all, it hadn't bitten anyone. Meanwhile, other situations with aggressive dogs don't seem to be being addressed at all. In Carl Monday's report, he talked about how dangerous dog owners who've been cited have to post warning signs on their property.

Out of 40 cited owners, guess how many have? One.

So, that leads us to so many "Why?" situations in this particular case. Why make folks go without mail service for six months? Why wait all that time then suddenly take the dog? Why kill the dog when a lot of other animals, who have physically injured people are still living with their owners, still pose a threat to those around them?

Look, as pet owners, we have to do our part to keep our homes a safe environment for those who live around us. As for those working for Cleveland's Division of Animal Control, they've got to do what's best and right for the animal -- promptly -- without being influenced by political agendas or whatever it was that kept people without mail for a half a year and left a dog that never bit a human being dead.

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