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Consumers Energy wants customers to tie up their dogs to protect meter readers

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Consumers Energy meter readers may soon start making their rounds with a police escort.

The Jackson-based utility announced it is implementing a new aggressive dog policy.

Spokesman Roger Morgenstern says last year more than a dozen Consumers meter readers were attacked or threatened by dogs.

“The fact is this is the customer’s home. The customers have a right to have pets,” says Morgenstern, “So we’re hoping this would strike a right compromise.”

Consumers plans to contact customers with a history of aggressive dogs to ask them to restrain their animals when the meter reader is scheduled to be there.

If that’s not enough, Morgenstern says they may ask a police officer to escort the meter reader.

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