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      Neighbors, police want pit bull 'Moose' to move

      UPDATED: May 13 at 8:40 a.m.

      Mail delivery woes are following a Hannibal dog to his new home.

      You'll recall we've been following the story of Moose, a 6-year-old pit bull, accused of chasing a mail carrier.

      Hannibal police declared Moose a dangerous dog last week.

      His owners moved him to a home on New London Gravel Road last week.

      According to our news gathering partners at the Hannibal Courier Post , Hannibal's Postmaster could cut home delivery to a portion of the New London Gravel Road neighborhood. Click here to read more from the Courier Post.

      The postal service took the same step to protest its mail carriers in Moose's former neighborhood on College Avenue.

      The Courier Post reports Moose's new home has already seen mail delivery cut-off.


      Owners of a pit bull led the U.S. Postal Service to stop mail service in a Hannibal neighborhood have until Friday to get rid of the dog.

      David Taylor, owner of Moose, met with neighbors and Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis Tuesday to discuss the dog's future.

      â??They pretty much told me that I have to make some kind of decision by the end of the week,â?? Taylor said. â??They want me to go ahead and get him out of the city limits. It's not a pretty picture for Moose's future right now.â??

      Lt. John Zerbonia of the Hannibal Police Department released a statement saying that the decision to force the dog out of the neighborhood was due to information not provided to police.

      â??If, after 48 hours, the dog remains on College Avenue, it will be subject to the requirements of the dangerous dog ordinance ,â?? the statement says. View the city of Hannibal Code of Ordinances online here .

      The information released was that neighbors had complaints about Moose chasing them as well as the postal carrier. According to Zerbonia, this has been an issue in the neighborhood since 2009.

      â??Everyone in attendance agreed this was a fair compromise and hopefully will result in mail service being restored and keeping peace in the neighborhood.â??

      Last week's mail suspension came after a recent incident involving the 120-pound dog and a mail carrier. Moose got loose from his leash and chased the mail carrier but no one was harmed, Taylor said.

      There are no recorded incidents of the dog being violent or harming another person, Taylor said. Police would not confirm that fact.

      The U.S. Postal Service stopped mail delivery to the 5000 block of College Street.

      Complaints from neighbors and postal workers about Moose's aggressive behavior led to the mail suspension.

      The incident spurred a series of letters to the Taylors asking them to keep Moose within the house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that carriers could deliver mail. Taylor said he complied.

      â??We were told today that if we don't get rid of him, then they'll deem him dangerous,â?? Taylor said. â??Some people just don't like Moose because he's big.â??

      U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Valarie Welsch said that she had no knowledge of her agency's involvement in Tuesday's neighborhood meeting.

      Taylor has Moose moved out of the neighborhood until he finds a new home for him. He said losing Moose is like losing a son because Taylor raised Moose since he was born.

      Editor's Note: Owner, police and neighbors are referring to this dog as a pit bull.