U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack City Rankings, Los Angeles tops list

LOS ANGELES — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners.

“Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in Los Angeles, where postal employees suffered 80 attacks — more than any other city in 2016. “Dog bite prevention training and continuing education are important to keep pet owners, pets and those who visit homes — like letter carriers — happy and healthy.”

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Forty cities make up the top 30 dog attack city rankings (see chart below).

Enhancing Employee Safety
DeCarlo highlighted USPS safety measures that alert letter carriers to dogs on their delivery routes.  The Package Pickup application on usps.com asks customers to indicate if there are dogs at their addresses when they schedule package pickups. This information is provided to letter carriers on their delivery scanners, which also can send real-time updates if an unleashed dog is reported in a delivery area.

“The scanners that Postal Service letter carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” said DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”

DeCarlo was in Los Angeles to kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs Sunday, April 9 through Saturday, April 15. The Postal Service, joined by the American Humane, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance, is driving home the message that dog bites are a national issue and education can help prevent dog attacks.

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

DeCarlo gave the following tips and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites. Click this link to a video on dog bite prevention tips.

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their 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.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. 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.

2016 Dog Attack Rankings by City
A total of 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in calendar year 2016. The top 30 city rankings are comprised of 40 cities as more than one city experienced the same number of attacks.

Rank

City

2016

1

LOS ANGELES

CA

80

2

HOUSTON

TX

62

3

CLEVELAND

OH

60

4

SAN DIEGO

CA

57

5

LOUISVILLE

KY

51

6

DETROIT

MI

48

7

DENVER

CO

47

8

CHICAGO

IL

46

9

INDIANAPOLIS

IN

44

10

MINNEAPOLIS

MN

43

11

SAN ANTONIO

TX

42

12

PORTLAND

OR

41

13

DALLAS

TX

41

14

PHILADELPHIA

PA

40

15

COLUMBUS

OH

39

16

BALTIMORE

MD

36

17

PHOENIX

AZ

35

18

CHARLOTTE

NC

33

18

MEMPHIS

TN

33

18

FORT WORTH

TX

33

19

ST LOUIS

MO

31

19

SEATTLE

WA

31

20

SACRAMENTO

CA

30

20

KANSAS CITY

MO

30

21

BUFFALO

NY

28

22

BROOKLYN

NY

27

23

ST PAUL

MN

26

24

NEW ORLEANS

LA

25

25

CINCINNATI

OH

24

26

WICHITA

KS

23

26

OAKLAND

CA

23

27

LONG BEACH

CA

22

27

FLUSHING

NY

22

28

SAN JOSE

CA

21

28

LAS VEGAS

NV

21

28

AKRON

OH

21

29

OKLAHOMA CITY

OK

20

29

RICHMOND

VA

20

30

FRESNO

CA

19

30

WASHINGTON

DC

19

 

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

One thought on “U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack City Rankings, Los Angeles tops list

  1. i was attacked 65 times in my 29 yrs as a carrier. 0 bites. i kicked the crap outta those mutts. i was 65-0

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