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U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack List

on April 13, 2017 - 7:35am
USPS News:
 
LOS ANGELES — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before.
 
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners.
 
“Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in Los Angeles, where postal employees suffered 80 attacks — more than any other city in 2016. “Dog bite prevention training and continuing education are important to keep pet owners, pets and those who visit homes — like letter carriers — happy and healthy.”
 
Forty cities make up the top 30 dog attack city rankings (see chart below). 
 
Enhancing Employee Safety
 
DeCarlo highlighted USPS safety measures that alert letter carriers to dogs on their delivery routes. The Package Pickup application on usps.com asks customers to indicate if there are dogs at their addresses when they schedule package pickups. This information is provided to letter carriers on their delivery scanners, which also can send real-time updates if an unleashed dog is reported in a delivery area.
 
“The scanners that Postal Service letter carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” DeCarlo said. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”
 
DeCarlo was in Los Angeles to kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday, April 15. The Postal Service, joined by the American Humane, American Veterinary Medical AssociationInsurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance, is driving home the message that dog bites are a national issue and education can help prevent dog attacks.
 
Half of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
DeCarlo gave the following tips and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites. Click this link to a video on dog bite prevention tips.
 
  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture. 
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.
 
2016 Dog Attack Rankings by City
 
A total of 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in calendar year 2016. The top 30 city rankings are comprised of 40 cities as more than one city experienced the same number of attacks.
 
Rank
City
 
2016
1
LOS ANGELES
CA
80
2
HOUSTON
TX
62
3
CLEVELAND
OH
60
4
SAN DIEGO
CA
57
5
LOUISVILLE
KY
51
6
DETROIT
MI
48
7
DENVER
CO
47
8
CHICAGO
IL
46
9
INDIANAPOLIS
IN
44
10
MINNEAPOLIS
MN
43
11
SAN ANTONIO
TX
42
12
PORTLAND
OR
41
13
DALLAS
TX
41
14
PHILADELPHIA
PA
40
15
COLUMBUS
OH
39
16
BALTIMORE
MD
36
17
PHOENIX
AZ
35
18
CHARLOTTE
NC
33
18
MEMPHIS
TN
33
18
FORT WORTH
TX
33
19
ST LOUIS
MO
31
19
SEATTLE
WA
31
20
SACRAMENTO
CA
30
20
KANSAS CITY
MO
30
21
BUFFALO
NY
28
22
BROOKLYN
NY
27
23
ST PAUL
MN
26
24
NEW ORLEANS
LA
25
25
CINCINNATI
OH
24
26
WICHITA
KS
23
26
OAKLAND
CA
23
27
LONG BEACH
CA
22
27
FLUSHING
NY
22
28
SAN JOSE
CA
21
28
LAS VEGAS
NV
21
28
AKRON
OH
21
29
OKLAHOMA CITY
OK
20
29
RICHMOND
VA
20
30
FRESNO
CA
19
30
WASHINGTON
DC
19
 
 
 
 
 
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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