Postal Service Reports Increase In Dog Attacks On Letter Carriers

Dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in three decades, as internet shopping booms and consumers increasingly demand seven-day-a-week package delivery and groceries dropped at their doorstep.

United Parcel Service said its 66,000 deliverers suffered about 900 dog bites previous year, a percentage that has remained fairly stable.

Bites are also up on a national level, too.

Several children at the event learned dog bite prevention techniques with the help of "Hooch", top victor at the 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, and his owner, Zach Skow. Among adults, men are more likely than women to be bitten.

The Postal Service urged people to notify them of their dogs in the Package Pickup application at usps.com. Delivery scanners can also relay information about unleashed dogs in a delivery area. Above, USPS letter carrier Jamesa Euler delivers mail in Atlanta in 2013.

They ask that 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.

"The main thing for us, we are in every community, everywhere. We're just asking customer to be partners with us", Bogenberger said. Connect with us on Facebook.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 9-15. We can't be certain a dog understands what our behavior says to them.

Never approach an unknown dog or a dog that is alone without an owner, and always ask for permission before petting the dog. For years, we have taught children to "be a tree" when approached by a unusual dog.

Don't poke, hit, pull, pinch or tease a dog. Spokesman Dan McMackin, a former UPS driver who used to carry dog biscuits to woo surly pets, said he found pit bulls and smaller dog breeds to be more nettlesome than "hunting dogs" - such as Labrador retrievers and beagles - who "don't have much to prove".

"It is vital to teach children from a very young age how to read a dog's behavior", said Dr. Melissa Bain, board certified in veterinary behavior and animal welfare in the Clinical Behavior Service at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

When a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, a homeowner gets a written notice.

Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep him/her healthy and to provide mental stimulation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children are most likely to be bitten.

  • Zachary Reyes