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"UPS KILLED MY DOG": Bizarre Sign Pops Up in North County [UPDATE]

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The view from North Hanley Road.
Update: A reader alerts us that we weren't the only ones who saw the sign. And it opened up their mind.

Sometimes, stories are difficult to unearth and require insider sources and knowledge. Other times, they present themselves in screaming red and yellow letters on somebody's front lawn.

Daily RFT was taking a jaunt through north county when, just on the outskirts of University City, we happened upon the sign you see in the picture at right. It was strung up on a clothesline with letters as large as five feet tall: "UPS KILLED MY DOG."

What else could we do but pull over and attempt to learn more?

First of all, let's see that upclose:

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Jessica Lussenhop

Now here's a person to give a sense of scale:

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Jessica Lussenhop

We attempted to knock on the front door of the house, but were held back by a chained gate and a "NO TRESSPASSING" sign. After hearing movement and barking dogs inside, we yelled, "HELLO. WE UNDERSTAND UPS KILLED YOUR DOG."

No dice.

We left a note and a business card, and vowed not to give up.

We contacted all the surrounding police precincts to ask if there'd been any calls for service in regard to a homicidal UPS truck -- a spokesperson for St. Louis County Police says there's been no calls from that address in recent history. We even called UPS corporate headquarters. Surely, they must track incidents of canineicide...right?

"I have no idea what's going on with this one," confessed Dan McMackin, a spokesperson for UPS out of Atlanta.

But he was able to sketch out UPS' general response to unfortunate incidents of premature doggy deaths.

"If they're off the leash, then that's basically considered the fault of the owner," McMackin explained, whereas if the dog was killed on its owner's property, "we tend to have some sort of settlement with the dog owner. It's obviously a very unfortunate thing, and very often dogs aren't seen...they run under tires."

McMackin vowed to make some calls and get back to us once he knew more. We've yet to hear back.

Which leaves us with maddeningly little information other than that which was presented on the gigantic sign, which -- at last check -- is still up. There was once a dog. He was killed.

If anyone out there knows more, please throw us a bone.

Update: The ever-helpful @stljv had this to share:

While we found a reporter's conundrum in the screaming sign, others were able to find higher meaning. Here's an excerpt from Deborah C. Davis at the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church:

A relative and I were on our way to Wednesday night Bible study when we saw a most-surprising sight in a yard on a main thoroughfare. The resident(s) of the home had placed giant black lettering over different colored background on material over 6 feet tall in the yard. The highlighted message, "UPS KILLED MY DOG", made me wonder why the resident(s) had taken their grief to this excessive level. They were surely suffering and could not figure out another way to voice their grief. I questioned whether the dog had a soul and would be able to meet its resident in heaven?

Click here to read Ms. Davis' conclusion on the fate of our mystery dog's soul.

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Concerned
Concerned

Or scenerio #3.  UPS left a package inside the fence, in his yard, while looking at his dogs.  The dog could of eaten what was in the package which happened to be toxic.  The dog died.

Mike Schwab
Mike Schwab

2 scenarios. 1. He saw a UPS truck run over his dog. 2. A UPS deliveryman reported the dog as vicious and Animal Control took it and Euthanized it.

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

@david i'm lol'ing at your first comment...i literally replied nearly the same thing to this fool the other day. he's not worth anyone's time, though. he will ignore all logic in a discussion and hit you with meaningless bullshit with every reply. he doesn't want to learn, or listen, or read; just annoy the fuck out of everyone and offer no value. this troll is not worth feeding.

Dan Porter
Dan Porter

haha why is everyone fighting over this RFT article that pretty much says nothing more than "We saw a sign, but no one can tell us what it means, that is all..." Greeeeat reporting hahaha. This story is so bad, it is good.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

you should have put a comma between "coming" and "puppet".

David Beck
David Beck

Yes... You know i'm right so you can't walk away.... go ahead keep those comments coming puppet!

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

i appreciate you wanting to dance with me, but i'm not into guys, david. you should move on to someone else.

David Beck
David Beck

haha! I pull the strings and you dance :) It's too easy!

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

"You're pretty damn easy to manipulate kid. Weak minded people usually are. " ironic.

David Beck
David Beck

haha, and you keep on replying. You're pretty damn easy to manipulate kid. Weak minded people usually are. I'm into women, and i'm pretty sure no man or woman is actually into you. It is fun to manipulate you into replying though. Dance puppet...lol!

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

david...i know you're into me and that's why you can't seem to leave me alone, but i'm not into dudes, ok?

David Beck
David Beck

Only a true dipsh*t such as yourself would consider being called a "douchebag" as flirting. No wonder the pages you "liked" are pornstar pages. I'm sure you spend a lot of time alone in your parents basement with your "virtual girlfriends" as no real girl would want to be around ya. You're really winning at life aren't ya..haha

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

david...you have to stop flirting with me. i'm not into dudes, ok? it's cool if you are, but i'm not.

David Beck
David Beck

Ahh, racist, anti-semtic, AND homophobic. You're just an equal opportunity douchebag aren't ya stevie?...lol

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

you're spending a lot of time with me today, david. you have kind of a gay profile photo, but i'm not into dudes.

David Beck
David Beck

Esteban, you don't know what hours of the day I conduct business. Perhaps not having a job yourself has left you unaware that people can conduct business at many different hours of the day. Maybe you'll get off your @ss and do something productive someday..I highly doubt it though.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

"I have an education and have a great job." then maybe get off facebook and get back to it?

David Beck
David Beck

Esteban, your comment was moronic, regardless of your intended meaning. Just as all of your comments are moronic and lack any substance. Sorry Esteban, I don't work at Burker King. I have an education and have a great job. I don't look down upon people that do work at Burker King though. At least they are working and earning a pay check. Based on your ignorant posts, I doubt you know what work even is...

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

david...you obviously don't understand irony if you thought i was making an anti-jewish statement. you're a moron. you're going to be late for your job at burger king.

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

that's the dumbest thing I think I've ever read. you are an idiot.

rachaduncan
rachaduncan

I wonder if they purposely put the S upside down, or if after they got it up, they were just too tired, and irritated to fix it. LOL

David Beck
David Beck

lol...great rebuttal Esteban... Just as useless as all of your other posts.

Philip McRaven
Philip McRaven

Maybe the homeowner is referring to an "uninterrupted power supply", or "UPS", killed his dog in a bizarre computer room/work-area incident, and he/she is raging against all uninterrupted power supplies?

David Beck
David Beck

Esteban, you always comment with ignorant non thought out diatribe. Usually commenting on all crime related posts with things like "more hope and change" as if to suggest that the President is personally responsible for every crime committed by a black man in this country. Your comments offer nothing to any discussion and just make you look like an uneducated fool. And now you pop in with a seemingly anti-semetic comment trying to pigion hole all jewish people... Do you do anything to actually contribute to society or do you just sit on your lazy @ss and try to judge others while making no effort to fix any problems...Yah, I'm pretty sure it's the second one. Grow up...Pathetic.

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