Grrrrr: Fresno, Sacramento make dog bite list

360 of those postal workers were in OH and 23 work here in the valley, according to the latest information from the U.S. Postal Service.

In 2016, Houston ranked second in dog attacks on postal employees in the country, according to The U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Las Vegas tied at No. 28 with Akron, Ohio, in the Postal Service's annual ranking of the top 30 cities for dog attacks on mail carriers.

According to Mark Saunders, spokesperson for U.S.P.S., "attacks" includes both charging and bites. "Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership".

DeCarlo provided a list of tips for dog owners to help make the environment safer for postal workers. Fresno is 30th with 19 incidents reported a year ago.

DeCarlo offered these dog attack prevention measures homeowners can take and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites.

Overall, an estimated 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually, mostly children. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.

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

A report issued places Denver in the Top 10 nationwide for dog bites and attacks on letter carriers.

Booming online retail sales are good news for the U.S. Postal Service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites. The package pickup application at usps.com urges customers to indicate if they have dogs when they schedule package pickups. This precaution is urged because dogs sometime burst through screen or glass doors.

In Greater Cleveland, the most attacks were reported by the Cleveland Heights Branch Post Office. In extreme cases, residents will be told to pick up mail at a post office until a repeat offender dog is restrained.

Remind children and other family members 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 family member as a threatening gesture. Over half of dog-bite injuries occur at home, with familiar dogs.

- keep dogs on a leash in public.

  • Zachary Reyes