Growing concern for post office as dog attacks near a high

A national report was released Thursday that ranks the cities that comprise the more than 6,000 dog attacks on postal employees. Of those, 35 happened in Phoenix.

"Even good dogs have bad days", said Linda DeCarlo, Postal Service safety director.

No other city in the Carolinas cracked the Postal Service's list of top 30 cities for attacks.

The USPS also allows mail carriers to report dogs, which can be tracked for future deliveries.

The scanners used by mail delivery workers also keeps them posted on other dog-related information, such as an animal running off its leash.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week starts on Saturday and runs through April 15.

Delaschmit was attacked by a dog on a mail route.

That means that in any given year, about 1.4 percent of the entire population is attacked by a dog. And dog attacks can be catastrophic.

In 2016, 6755 postal workers were attacked by dogs, the USPS said. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured. When a customer uses the Package Pickup application on usps.com, they're asked to indicate whether there is a dog at the address.

Half of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Varnado says many times, the carrier will put a note in the box to let the resident know they have a package for them at the post office, if they think they might encounter a dog on the property.

"It's always on your mind as a carrier, 'Is there a dog in the area and is it a threat?'" said Solomon.

Rising dog attacks come amid double-digit increases in the post office's package business. "Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture", the Postal Service said.

  • Zachary Reyes