Indianapolis amongst top cities for dog attacks on postal workers

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

USPS officials said Thursday there were 80 dog attacks on postal workers in Los Angeles previous year, more than any other city in the country.

The list was released today in honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts April 9.

There were 6,755 postal employees attacked by dogs last year, a 3 percent increase from the year before.

It ranked Denver as the seventh-worst in the country, preceded by Los Angeles (80); Houston (62); Cleveland (60); San Diego (57); Louisville, Ky. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners-keep dogs shut in a different room before opening the door for a delivery person, don't take mail directly from a delivery person while dogs are watching-ahead of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

If your dog is threatening to letter carriers, you may be asked to pick up your mail to the Post Office.

Hand said most dog bites are preventable.

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

DeCarlo offered these dog attack prevention measures homeowners can take and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured. "There is no reason why any dog attacks need to happen". "It didn't hurt that much, but it was very aggressive, one after the other".

The scanners can also relay when an unleashed dog is reported roaming in delivery areas. Medical expenses and workers' compensation cost the Postal Service millions of dollars each year. Customers are asked on package pickup applications if there are dogs at their addresses. Larger cities have a denser population and more pets, which means more attacks, he said.

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