Which U.S. city had the most postal dog attacks in 2016?
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 9:03
San Diego ranked fourth in the nation in terms of dog attacks on U.S. Postal Service letter carriers during 2016, with 57 reported incidents. Of those, 35 happened in Phoenix.
"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", said DeCarlo.
Los Angeles is this year's worst city, with 80 attacks.
A pitbull named Lucy participates in an awareness event at a YMCA in Los Angeles as part of the U.S. Postal Service's National Dog Bite Prevention Week onThursday, April 6, 2017.
USPS revealed Thursday that a letter carrier was recently walking away from an Indianapolis residence when a pit bull rushed out the front door and ran after the carrier, catching him in full-mouth bite on his lower calf. "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".
The "dog chasing the mail carrier" gimmick has been played out in movies, cartoons, and in comics for ages but did you know that there were actual numbers tracking them?
The figures were released in advance of next week's National Dog Bite Prevention Week, an effort to encourage pet owners to take steps to prevent potentially harmful animal-human interactions. "Dogs typically like to attack those satchels, so that's what saved me".
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.
Such attacks rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in three decades. The system can even tell a carrier when a dog has gotten loose, and, therefore, could pose a threat.
Rising dog attacks come amid double-digit increases in the post office's package business.
"Everyone says my dog will never bite, but in circumstances, any dog will bite", says Dando.
Robert Lieb, a professor of supply chain management at Northeastern University, said he expects dog attacks to keep increasing.