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Postal service warns Illinois community to control dogs

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Pit bull puppies are seen at an emergency shelter that has been housing hundreds of dogs seized as part of the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in St. Louis. (Credit: AP Photo / Jeff Roberson) Pit bull puppies are seen at an emergency shelter that has been housing hundreds of dogs seized as part of the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in St. Louis. (Credit: AP Photo / Jeff Roberson)

GEORGETOWN, Ill. (AP) - Recent dog attacks on mail carriers in an eastern Illinois community have postal officials warning residents if they don't control their pets they might find themselves fetching their mail.

The (Champaign) News Gazette (http://bit.ly/2s53Ga2 ) reports that Georgetown Postmaster Alicia Ford says postal officials are considering going to a centralized delivery system that would force customers to pick up their mail at drop stations.

Postal officials say that the Vermilion County community has the worst record for such confrontations in the entire postal district that stretches from Danville to St. Louis. They add things are getting worse. They say postal workers have been bitten and in less than two weeks the postal service has received 25 calls from carriers reporting confrontations with dogs on customers' property.

Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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