Like most neighborhood disputes, this one has many sides to the story.
But one thing is certain: Everyone in the 800 block of 17th Street in San Pedro is spitting mad about not getting their mail delivered for the past five weeks.
“Everybody’s very irritated,” one neighbor said.
Some neighbors are furious with the Hawkins family, whose 2-year-old, boxer-mix dog sparked all the trouble when it twice attacked a mail carrier. Feelings have run so high that the family with three children has called police to report threats.
The Hawkinses have virtually moved out of their home and are staying with family members for the time being. The dog is gone, too, shuttled among pet sitters and doggie day cares. He has been put up for adoption, with several rescue groups assisting in finding a new home.
Others squarely blame the post office, saying two incidents of the dog getting out and biting the mail carrier have been overblown. The dog is not aggressive, they say, and the family has gone to great lengths to secure the fence.
After escalating for weeks, the situation is now at a complete standstill.
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