Dog owners in Meltham could face private prosecution if they fail to control their pets, the Royal Mail has warned.
Several residents have received letters from Royal Mail warning them to keep their dogs restrained at all times or face legal action in the event of a dog attack.
The letter states that postal deliveries had been suspended following a “serious incident with dogs roaming the streets and with dogs being loose in gardens.”
Dated Wednesday, August 10, the letter states that a risk assessment had identified an “unacceptable level of risk associated with delivering to your address at this time.”
It adds: “Royal Mail will carry out its own further investigations into the circumstances surrounding these incidents in due course.”
The letter warns that all dog attacks will be reported to police, adding: “We must also make it clear that whatever action the police of local authority take, Royal Mail may still commence a private prosecution against you should it be deemed appropriate.”
Residents in Nab Crescent and Copley Avenue have come forward to say they have received the warning letters.
In a statement, Royal Mail said it had reinstated deliveries in the Copley Avenue area on Tuesday but suspended them again later that day when another postman was attacked by a different dog. The postman was not seriously hurt.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “Unfortunately Royal Mail had to suspend deliveries again in the Copley Avenue area. Deliveries had been reinstated on August 9 as the dog who seriously attacked one of our postmen on the 22nd of July is in police kennels.
“However, another postman was attacked by a different dog on Tuesday and deliveries have had to be suspended once more.”
Customers have been told to collect mail at Holmfirth Delivery Office.
Residents of Copley Avenue said they were not aware of a dog attack on Tuesday.
Dog owners said they had been visited by a dog warden and police officers on Tuesday and given advice about keeping their animals under control.
They were given leaflets which state that it is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control in both a public and private place, including inside a house or a garden.
A woman who received one of the warning letters said her own pet was a harmless 11-year-old Patterdale terrier.
One resident admitted there was a problem with loose dogs .
He said: “There’s always dogs roaming the streets round here but I am not scared of them.”