Is this pit bull reason for halted mail service or mistaken identity?

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buddy is a 5-year-old pit bull the post office says attacked one of their carriers on Halloween.

Or did he?

The local USPS office contacted animal control for help.

But, according to Buddy’s owners, animal control said Buddy wasn’t the culprit. Now the owners, and their neighbors without mail delivery, want answers.

“I’m expecting important mail. I’d like to have it,” said Mark Perry, who lives in one of the blocks that lost mail delivery on Tuesday. “I’ve been checking my mailbox several days. I’ve called my employer asking where my check is. I haven’t gotten a check.”

Perry and several of his neighbors on Frontier Avenue in Niagara Falls have gone without mail delivery since Tuesday, after a carrier was attacked by what the post office describes as a problematic pit bull.

The post office sent out a letter, detailing the blocks of houses on Frontier and nearby Devlin avenues

Mark asked an important question: “They were supposed to send out a letter about this? Well, if they don’t deliver the mail, how am I going to get the letter?”

Strong point. The post office said they agree. But at least their customers will have an explanation when they get to the local office to pick up their mail, and the letter is included.

Also included in the letter is the address of the dog the post office says attacked their carrier. That’s where they found Buddy, tan and white pooch a gentle and friendly demeanor.

“We’ve never had issues with him being vicious at all. He’s a really shy, sweet dog,” said Buddy’s owner Daniel Currie. “We’re upset with the accusations. It makes no sense. All of our neighbors know that he’s not a vicious dog and we’re just really mad that we’re not getting our mail.”

And they may be just accusations, because Currie says they have the wrong dog.

“They were here this morning, and they confirmed that that was not the pit bull,” Currie claimed. “The guy from animal control looked at our dog and he already knew because he knows buddy really well, that it wasn’t buddy.”

Post office representatives admit they could be wrong, although they don’t think so because they’ve had problems in the past. And ultimately, their biggest concern is the safety of their carrier.

Currie says he agrees that safety should be a concern. But he also wants something else, considering his address was published unfairly.

“A letter from the post office with an apology saying they apologized for accusing our dog would be nice,” he said.

The Niagara Falls Police Department said late Friday their officer paid Buddy a visit earlier in the day. But there was no mention about whether he was or wasn’t responsible for trying to attack the letter carrier, who was not injured in the incident on Halloween.

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