Dayton ranks among top city for postal dog attacks

US Postal Service Mailbox (Photo WDTN/Staff)
US Postal Service Mailbox (Photo WDTN/Staff)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTN) – Dayton is not a very dog-friendly place for postal workers.

The U.S. Postal Service released its top 30 cities for dog attacks to postal carriers.

5,581 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2013.

Dayton ranks 28th with 14 attacks.

The number one city for postal dog attacks in Houston, Texas. It recorded 63 attacks in 2013. Los Angeles is number 2 with 61 and Cleveland comes in third with 58.

“There’s a myth we often hear at the Postal Service,” said Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo. “Don’t worry. My dog won’t bite. Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership.”

The postal service has some advice on preventing your dog from taking a bite out of a carrier:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
  • Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.

 

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