Postal services withdrawn from Bessbrook estate after dog attacks

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015
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Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has expressed her concerns over the withdrawal of postal delivery services from Dobson’s Way in Bessbrook.
Cllr Mulgrew at Dobson's Way

Cllr Mulgrew at Dobson’s Way

“Over the last few weeks I have been inundated with complaints regarding vicious dogs within the Dobson’s Way development,” she said. “I have followed up these complaints by talking to the dog wardens, Environmental Health and Clanmil Housing Association. It would appear that while the attacks have been numerous no-one has made an official complaint which would allow the Council to pursue the option of removing the dogs through legal means. “I hope the latest attack, which involved the local postman, will be followed through by Royal Mail,” she said. “In the meantime all residents wishing to collect their mail will have to travel to the sorting office in Newry. While it is totally understandable that no postal workers should have to endure such attacks the decision has left the residents of Dobson’s Way, particularly those with restricted mobility, without an essential service. “There are many in this area who do not have access to a car and many young families and people with health issues who rely on the postal service for letters from the hospital etc. “Incidents like this only serve to undermine good community relations and to allow tensions to fester,” Mulgrew insisted. “I urge all those involved to work together to get this resolved. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of dog owners to take control of their animals and while I appreciate how attached you become to a family pet the safety of a community must be paramount.”

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