This bites! Houston ranks second in dog attacks on United States postal employees
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 4:28
Dogs attacked mail carriers in Brooklyn 27 times in 2016, according to the annual USPS ranking of top dog attack cities released Thursday.
LA was at the top of the list of 30 cities ranked in the report.
Children are especially at risk; the CDC reports that the rate of dog-bite related injuries are highest for those between ages 5 and 9.
Postal Service officials recommended that if a letter carrier delivers mail to a home's front door, dogs should be placed in a separate room with the door closed.
"Dogs may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture", the USPS said. In extreme cases, residents will be told to pick up mail at a post office until a repeat offender dog is restrained.
Of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually, half of all victims are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DeCarlo offered these dog attack prevention measures homeowners can take and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites. For pet owners, she recommends being able to recognize when your dog is uncomfortable around others and, if so, not letting people approach them.
There were 6,755 postal employees attacked by dogs last year, a 3 percent increase from the year before.
The information is relayed to letter carriers via their delivery scanners.
About 77.8 million dogs live in US homes, and about 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year - half of them children, according to the USPS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The post office knows most dogs aren't vicious animals, but they also know even good dogs can have bad days.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
"It's always on your mind as a carrier, 'Is there a dog in the area and is it a threat?'" said Solomon. "I would see eagles, not dogs, taking out drones". Customers are asked on package pickup applications if there are dogs at their addresses.
FedEx Corp. said it does not collect numbers on dog attacks.