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Top Dog Attack Cities: Post Office Report

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By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 11:41 AM

The United States Postal Service reported 6,549 employees have been attacked by dogs in the past year in cities across the country, with Houston leading the pack.

Houston’s USPS employees suffered 77 dog attacks in the past year, ranking it number one on the list, according to the findings unveiled at a conference in Houston held as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Other high-ranking cities included San Diego, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Louisville, all of which reported over 50 attacks.

“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said Linda DeCarlo, USPS safety director.

DeCarlo announced two new precautionary measures that the USPS is implementing to lower the number of dog attacks.

On May 13, the USPS’s Website’s Package Pickup application added a question, asking customers to indicate whether a dog will be present at the address where the package is scheduled for delivery.

In addition, DeCarlo said the mobile delivery devices that letter carriers use to scan packages to confirm delivery will include a feature that allows them to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address.

“This is especially helpful to substitutes who fill-in for letter carriers on their days off,” she said.

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