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Postal Service Releases Top Dog Attack City Rankings – Houston # 1

To kick-off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service released its top 30 dog attack city rankings and offered tips to reduce dog attacks to letter carriers. Nationwide, 5,581 postal employees were attacked last year.

“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.”

Here are some safety tips to avoid issues:

  • 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.

2013 Dog Attack Rankings by City

RANKING CITY, STATE ATTACKS
1 HOUSTON, TX 63
2 LOS ANGELES, CA 61
3 CLEVELAND, OH 58
4 SAN DIEGO, CA 53
5 CHICAGO, IL 47
6 BALTIMORE, MD 46
7 DALLAS, TX 45
8 DENVER, CO 41
9 COLUMBUS, OH 39
10 KANSAS CITY, MO 33
11 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 32
PHOENIX, AZ
12 PORTLAND, OR 31
13 SACRAMENTO, CA 30
14 INDIANAPOLIS, IN 29
15 PHILADELPHIA, PA 28
SEATTLE, WA
ST LOUIS, MO
16 CINCINNATI, OH 26
FORT WORTH, TX
SAN JOSE, CA
17 CHARLOTTE, NC 25
18 MIAMI, FL 23
19 FRESNO, CA 22
LONG BEACH, CA
OAKLAND, CA
SAN ANTONIO, TX
WICHITA, KS
20 DETROIT, MI 21
21 JACKSONVILLE, FL 20
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
TULSA, OK
22 MEMPHIS, TN 19
23 BROOKLYN, NY 18
ROCHESTER, NY
24 WASHINGTON, DC 17
25 PITTSBURGH, PA 16
26 AUSTIN, TX 15
LOUISVILLE, KY
27 BATON ROUGE, LA 14
EL PASO, TX
FLUSHING, NY
SPRINGFIELD, MO
28 BAKERSFIELD, CA 13
DAYTON, OH
FORT WAYNE, IN
LAS VEGAS, NV
NEW ORLEANS, LA
VAN NUYS, CA
29 ATLANTA, GA 12
AURORA, CO
MILWAUKEE, WI
SAN JUAN, PR
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
30 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 11
DES MOINES, IA
EVANSVILLE, IN
RICHMOND, CA
RICHMOND, VA
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
SANTA ANA, CA

 

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