3 for dog attacks on mail carriers in 2016; Akron 28th

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 8, 2017

"Dogs typically like to attack those satchels, so that's what saved me".

Fresno and Sacramento make the list of the 30 most dog-bitten cities. Pastorie has works as letter carrier for 16-year and has had several dog incidents in that time.

(AP Photo/David Goldman, File).

Media Contacts Media are encouraged to contact local USPS spokespersons to conduct interviews or follow letter carriers on their rounds. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.

About 77.8 million dogs live in US homes, and about 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year - half of them children, according to the USPS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Such attacks rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in three decades.

In their study, USPS reports Los Angeles as the highest-ranking city for dog attacks on their employees. Click this link to a video on dog bite prevention tips. Medical expenses and workers' compensation cost the Postal Service millions of dollars each year.

"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.

Employees with the USPS are also now being given dog bite prevention training and education.

"The dog may view the letter carrier handing the mail to the family member as a threatening gesture", she explains.

The list was released today in honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts April 9. In the a year ago, dog attacks on carriers rose 3 percent.

New Orleans is one of the top cities for dogs attacking postal carriers.

After a 14 percent jump in dog attacks in 2015, the post office launched a "Trip Hazards" app on handheld devices to help warn carriers of potentially hostile dogs.

"We will send you a notice saying that because the carriers in fear of delivering to your particular house, then you'll have to come pick up your mail at the post office", says Dando.

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