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  • “From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public,” the U.S. Postal Service said.
  • Houston leads the nation in dog attacks on mail carriers,, followed by Chicago and Los Angeles.
  • The service says owners should keep dogs inside the house, behind a fence or on a leash when letter carriers come to their home.

The United States Postal Service says more than 5,800 of its employees nationwide were attacked by dogs last year as the agency kicked off “National Dog Bite Awareness Week.” 

“From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public,” the Postal Service said in a statement last week. 


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Houston leads the nation in dog attacks on mail carriers, with 73 incidents recorded last year, followed by Chicago with 59 and Los Angeles with 54. Among states, California saw the highest number of attacks with 782, followed by Texas at 402 and Ohio at 369. 

The service released last year’s statistics just ahead of National Dob Bite Awareness week, which kicked off Saturday and goes through June 18. The theme for this year is “Be Aware: Any Dog Can Bite.”

As part of the awareness campaign, the Postal Service provided tips to dog owners on how to minimize the chance of an attack to keep letter carriers safe. 

The service says owners should keep dogs inside the house, behind a fence or on a leash when letter carriers come to their home. Pet owners should also not allow their children to take mail directly from a letter carrier, as the dog may view the carrier as a threat. 

“Raising awareness about dog bite prevention and how to protect our letter carriers as we deliver the mail is paramount,” Postal Service Acting Employee Safety and Health Awareness Manager Jamie Seavello said in a release

“Dogs are instinctive animals that may act to protect their turf and that’s why it’s important to inform the public about this campaign,” Seavello said. 


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Published on Jun 14, 2021