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The Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to an entire street after a postal worker claimed she was bitten by a Jack Russell terrier.
Residents in more than 30 homes in Saltash, Cornwall, have been told to pick up their letters from the post office following the incident involving four-year-old Rusty.
Karen Mitchell, the dog's owner, said her pet "barks but has never bitten anyone", adding: "They've suspended the post in the whole street over a dog that's smaller than my cat".
A spokesman for the Royal Mail said Rusty, who is regularly allowed to run freely in Newman Road, was "an unacceptable hazard to staff".
However, neighbours condemned the decision and questioned how postmen were able to reach their front doors to hand out notices informing them of the ban.
Mrs Mitchell, who also owns a rottweiler, Mia, and a German shepherd, Molly said: "He's actually my five-year-old son's and sleeps in the bed with him. He's just a small yappy dog. If the kids open the front door, he runs out.
"He barks but if you walk towards him he just runs away. He's never bitten anyone."
Leanne Keith, 24, a neighbour, said: "It's absolutely ridiculous and the whole street has to suffer because of it. The dogs are not vicious at all. It's barmy.
"We can see the post being delivered to other streets. Why can't they just walk up the road?"
Mrs Mitchell said she had now ordered her four children – Morgan, 11, Kera, nine, Mitch, seven, and Ardie, five – to keep Rusty inside.
Mrs Mitchell admitted that Mia had ripped a postman's trousers three months ago, but said that he had since been chained up in their back garden.
She added that a police officer and a dog warden had visited her home and warned them to restrain Rusty as well, or face the animals being taken away.
Another neighbour, John Webber, said the Jack Russell was allowed to run free in the street and added the rottweiller had attacked his greyhound, leaving him with a £500 vet bill.
In a letter to residents, Royal Mail wrote: "We have now suspended deliveries to the whole of Newman Road. This exceptional step has been taken in order to safeguard Royal Mail employees."
Gordon England, 55, another neighbour, said: "Royal Mail were able to come and put that letter through the door, but not any normal post. I can't believe it's been suspended to the whole street."
A Royal Mail spokesman said: "Our main aim is to prevent attacks and to train staff in techniques to help keep them safe. We also need the co-operation of our customers and we encourage the public to take responsibility for keeping their pets under control.
"The suspension of mail deliveries is a last resort."