Posted: Jun 11, 2012 9:53 AM by Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Postal carriers in the Springfield district are asking for help in controlling aggressive dogs along their routes.
The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/Kdkfof ) aggressive dog reports have increased 20 percent in the year ending in April.
The district includes eastern Kansas, western Missouri and parts of central Missouri.
The postal carriers say the city does little to enforce existing ordinances governing aggressive dogs.
Mike Brothers, a spokesman for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said a city task force on animal issues decided in May that attacks on mail carriers is beyond their responsibility.
Springfield's eight animal control officers will be reduced to six by the end of the summer. City officials are waiting to see what happens with the state budget before deciding whether to fill the two vacant positions.