Tiny Peggy terrierises UK Royal Mail

2011-01-20 20:41

London - She is ankle-height and looks cute - but Peggy the tiny Yorkshire terrier is deemed so ferocious by Britain's Royal Mail that it has halted postal deliveries to the entire street where she lives.

Dubbed the "Beast of Dorset Gardens" after the street's name, the 15cm pooch is accused of terrorising postmen and neighbours alike in the central English city of Northampton.

The Royal Mail said in a letter to residents that it had halted deliveries to the street since December 7 after Peggy had attacked a postman.

"Because of the dog’s behaviour, the postman believes your mail cannot be delivered safely and in the circumstances I have instructed him not to deliver mail to your address," the letter said.

Her owners told the local newspaper that Peggy is all bark and no bite.

"Peggy has barked at the postman but she wouldn’t hurt anyone. She is only little," Kathleen Joyce, 49, told the Northampton Chronicle.

Vicious little thing

"She has been in this family for 10 years and there is no way we are going to get rid of her."

But the family's neighbours - who have been forced to make a 22km journey to pick up their mail - think differently.

"It is a vicious little thing and I have seen it going for the postman," one of them told the paper, asking not to be named.

The local council said it had ordered the family to rehome Peggy and warned that they could themselves lose their rented house if they fail to comply.

  • Michelle - 2011-01-20 22:01

    For these owners its a big joke.. If they just kept it indoors they wouldnt have such a big headache now. Poor animal doesnt know better unless it learns from example or is properly trained. They dont deserve it! Pets arent ornaments, and definitely need lotsa positive attention.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-01-20 22:07

      Alas too many people still think a pet is just another posession like a chair or table. If you do take a pet you assume the responsability for the pets welfare for its entire life. That includes the duty to curb misbehaviour. And since this is a very small dog I wonder why they don't just keep it indoors. Maybe because they could not deal with the misbehaving indoors either?

  • Yala - 2011-01-21 04:47

    The post man should get some pepper spray! The dog will quickly learn its lesson and wouldn't be the worst for wear. These days everybody is looking for someone else for the solution. Man up postmen and do your jobs!

      Viv - 2011-01-21 08:02

      Yala you should be pepper sprayed!! What a cruel and disgusting idea to use pepper spray on a dog. Simple training is what the dog needs not some barbaric and stupid idea like yours. I hope you never have pet.

      Krush - 2011-01-21 09:20

      pepper spray is a good's hardly barbaric.

      adrianverasmus - 2011-01-21 11:21

      Pepper spray is illegal in the UK - in the same league as owning an illegal firearm- and one can not further carry around a container of lemon juice to be sprayed on the dog for that is illegal as well, and you'll end up in the slammer.

  • thabiso.marumo - 2011-01-21 07:57

    haha...mean little beast, I want this dog, 2 years back I had a boer-bull and someone broke into my house, gave that dog to my uncle it was useless as a guard dog, but this little baby I want, it sounds like it means business, I'll have a picture of the dog at my gate written Beware of the Beast of Dorset Gardens.

  • Viv - 2011-01-21 07:58

    Ceasar Milan will sort that little terrier out in a flash - TSK!! Also people it is a small dog. You are the human and the boss. The owners are to blame for allowing this behaviour in the first place. Just give it a swift smack on the nose when it attacks and be the leader. End of problem

  • John - 2011-01-21 08:32

    Wish we can set this dog loose in parliment or even Julius Stupid Malema...

  • TinX143 - 2011-01-21 09:02

    LOL!!!!! this is hilarious!!!

  • Margaret - 2011-01-21 09:12

    It's only a dog, behaving like a dog. Call the Dog Whisperer! This behaviour can be fixed without damaging the dog. It just takes a little time and determination. Don't they get the Dog Whisperer programme in the UK?? How come the local Royal Mail postmen are so fragile?

  • jv - 2011-01-21 09:16

    The dog is 15cm, talking about a David an golaith situation. Be scared be very scared and whatever you do don't call it fluffy, it will kill you.

  • Krush - 2011-01-21 09:19

    Oh for goodness sake, its a yorkshire terrier....

  • Matthew Wilke - 2011-01-21 09:53

    Yorkies hardly qualify as dogs though, surely? Small, vicious rodent is probably a better description? People who let their dogs just roam the streets deserve a 'klap'! Especially when they sh*t on the pavements! Postie should get himself one of those Super-soaker water pistol jobs. Spray the little bugger a few times and will be 'trained' to sod off. And before the hippies complain, water won't harm the little thing at all.

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