6755 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year

Of those, 35 happened in Phoenix.

Denver residents love their dogs, but those family pets can menace others if they aren't restrained - a fact the U.S. Postal Service is stressing in advance of National Dog Bite Prevention week.

The Postal Service released figures Thursday as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which begins Sunday. "Sometimes dogs have been known to burst through screen doors, or, you know, glass windows, to attack".

Dogs chasing and biting mail carriers may seem like a cliché to some.

In addition to releasing its annual dog attack numbers this week, the USPS also offered consumers tips on how to help prevent such incidents, including moving a dog to a separate room when deliveries are expected and refraining from taking mail directly from a carrier when a family pet is present. Dog attacks on postal w.

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

Remind children that they must keep the family pooch secured.

The attacks mark a 24 percent increase over last year and is double from the total five years ago, the Postal Service said. In the previous year, dog attacks on carriers rose 3 percent.

Customers who use the service's package pickup application are asked to indicate whether dogs are present, and that information is provided to carriers' scanners.

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. Don't give your dog access to get out and get to a letter carrier.

"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", it added. Larger cities have a denser population and more pets, which means more attacks, he said.

Hand said most dog bites are preventable.

  • Zachary Reyes