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U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Bite National Rankings
[May 30, 2024]

U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Bite National Rankings


National Dog Bite Awareness Campaign Starts June 2

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Incidents involving dog attacks on Postal Service employees rose to more than 5,800 cases last year. As part of the USPS 2024 National Dog Bite Awareness Campaign, the organization is offering crucial information on how dog owners can be good stewards for safe mail delivery and ensure the safety of our employees.

The campaign begins Sunday, June 2, and runs through Sunday, June 9. This year's theme is "Don't let your dog bite the hand that serves you." Spread the news of the campaign with the hashtag #dogbiteawareness.

"Letter carriers are exposed to potential hazards every day, none more prevalent than a canine encounter. All it takes is one interaction for a letter carrier to possibly suffer an injury," said Leeann Theriault, USPS Manager, Employee Safety and Health Awareness. "The U.S. Postal Service consistently encourages responsible pet ownership. The national dog bite campaign is an effort to promote dog bite awareness to keep our customers, their dogs, and letter carriers safe while delivering the mail."

Dog Owners Can Help With Safe Mail Delivery

Letter carriers know all dogs can bite, even those perceived as nonaggressive. Dogs are generally protective of their turf and dog owners have an important responsibility to control them to ensure safe mail delivery.

Most people know the approximate time their letter carrier arrives every day. Securing your dog before the carrier approaches your property will minimize any potentially dangerous interactions.

When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep dogs:

  • Inside the house or behind a fence;
  • Away from the door or in another room; or
  • On a leash.

Pet owners also should remind children not to take mail directly from a letter carrier as the dog may view the carrier as a threat to the child.

Stay Informed, See the Mail Before It Arrives

By using Informed Delivery, a free USPS service, customers can digitally preview incoming mail and packages from a computer, tablet or mobile device. More than 52 million customers have enrolled since the service was launched in 2017. Sign up is at informeddelivery.usps.com. This service can help dog owners anticipate when their carrier will arrive.

Consequences of a Dog Attack

According to the most recent information available from the Insurance Information Institute, the average cost per insurance claim for a dog bite is $64,555. When a postal employee suffers an injury, the owner could be responsible for medical bills, lost wages, uniform replacement costs, and pain and suffering for the employee.

Staying Focused on Delivering

Letter carriers are trained to observe an area where they know dogs may be present. They are taught to be alert for potentially dangerous conditions and to respect a dog's territory.

Letter carriers are trained to:

  • Make a non-threatening noise or rattle a fence to alert a dog if entering a yard;
  • Never startle a dog;
  • Keep their eyes on any dog;
  • Never assume a dog will not bite;
  • Never attempt to pet or feed a dog; and
  • Place their foot against an outward swinging door to prevent a dog from escaping.

If a dog attacks, carriers are also trained to stand their ground and protect their body by placing something between them and the dog — such as a mail satchel — and to use dog repellent, if necessary.

"Even though a customer's dog is friendly to most people, it can always have a bad day," said letter carrier Tara Snyder. "I know, from experience, even when a dog is in the house, customers need to make sure their door is secure so their dog can't push it open and bite the letter carrier."

Letter carriers have tools to alert them to dogs on their routes. A dog alert feature on carriers' handheld scanners can remind them of a possible dog hazard, and dog warning cards must be used during mail sorting to alert carriers to addresses where a dog may interfere with delivery.

Holding the Mail

When a carrier feels unsafe, mail service can be stopped. Until the carrier feels safe enough to restart delivery, the mail will have to be picked up at the dog owner's local Post Office. If a carrier feels a house or neighborhood is unsafe to deliver the mail and there is no way to inform residents their mail service has been suspended, the residents would have to contact the supervisor at their local Post Office for more information. The residents would also have to pick up their mail at the Post Office until it is safe to resume delivery. If a dangerous dog issue is not resolved, owners can be required to rent a Post Office box to receive mail.

2023 Dog Attack Rankings by City

The top 20 ranking consists of 30 cities, as some cities reported the same number of attacks. For 2023 dog attack data in your specific city or town, contact your local USPS public relations representative.





Calendar Year 2023

City

State

2023

Rank

LOS ANGELES

CA

65

1

HOUSTON

TX

56

2

CHICAGO

IL

48

3

ST. LOUIS

MO

46

4

CLEVELAND

OH

44

5

SAN DIEGO

CA

41

6

DALLAS

TX

39

7

CINCINNATI

OH

38

8

PHILADELPHIA

PA

34

9

COLUMBUS

OH

33

10

KANSAS CITY

MO

32

11

INDIANAPOLIS

IN

30

12

MEMPHIS

TN

29

13

LOUISVILLE

KY

28

14

MINNEAPOLIS

MN

27

15

ALBUQUERQUE

NM

26

16

SAN ANTONIO

TX

26

16

SACRAMENTO

CA

26

16

MILWAUKEE

WI

23

17

DAYTON

OH

23

17

FORT WORTH

TX

23

17

MIAMI

FL

21

18

DENVER

CO

21

18

OMAHA

NE

21

18

BUFFALO

NY

20

19

SAN FRANCISCO

CA

20

19

LONG BEACH

CA

19

20

TULSA

OK

19

20

PORTLAND

OR

19

20

DETROIT

MI

19

20


Top 10 Dog Bite States:

State

2023

2022

CA

727

675

TX

411

404

OH

359

311

PA

334

313

IL

316

245

NY

296

321

FL

193

220

NC

185

146

MI

183

206

MO

180

166

Please Note: The United States Postal Service is an independent federal establishment, mandated to be self-financing and to serve every American community through the affordable, reliable and secure delivery of mail and packages to 167 million addresses six and often seven days a week. Overseen by a bipartisan Board of Governors, the Postal Service is implementing a 10-year transformation plan, Delivering for America, to modernize the postal network, restore long-term financial sustainability, dramatically improve service across all mail and shipping categories, and maintain the organization as one of America's most valued and trusted brands.

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

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Contact: David P. Coleman
(C) 202-425-1476
[email protected]
usps.com/news

 

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SOURCE U.S. Postal Service


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