You might think it’s a tired old trope, the mailman getting bitten by the dog. But the U.S. Postal Service is here to tell you it’s real and it’s happening in cities all over the country.
They recently released statistics that rank U.S. cities based on how many postal worker dog attacks occurred there in 2016. There were 6,755 postal workers attacked by dogs last year, which is 200 higher than the year before.
Either dogs are getting angrier or postal workers are getting more delicious.
In what probably isn’t a surprise, Los Angeles came in at number one.
Los Angeles,where there are over a million dog-owning households, was highest on the list with 80 postal worker dog attacks. Which, considering the number of dogs, isn’tthat high. But it is more than any other city.
Even good dogs have bad days, said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director, Linda DeCarlo, in Los Angeles.
Especially the good dogs is the cities that round out the top ten: Houston with 62 attacks, Cleveland with 60, San Diego with 57, Louisville with 51, Detroit with 48, Denver with 47, Chicago with 46, Indianapolis with 44, and Minneapolis with 43.
Since National Dog Bite Prevention Week is coming up, from April 9-15, it’s important to highlight the safety measures put in place that will prevent attacks in the future.
“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,” DeCarlo said.
The Package Pickup application on the Postal Service’s website asks customers to indicate if there are dogs at their addresses.
This is helpful especially for substitute letter carriers who aren’t as familiar with the homes as regular carriers. Their delivery scanners can also send real-time updates if there is an unleashed dog reported in the area, and they allow carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address.
There are several tips you can implement if you are the owner of a dog who might have problems with the mail carrier.
DeCarlo encourages everyone to share these tips with the hashtag #preventdogbites.
If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close the door before opening for the mail carrier.
While these corgis are cute, they (and any dog) may get frightened with a stranger around.
That’s why it’s important to never take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family dog because the animal may view the handingover of mail as a threatening gesture.
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