The Postal Service released its annual ranking of the worst cities for dog attacks against Postal workers. Cities that topped the list include Los Angeles, Houston and Cleveland.
6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016. That was over 200 more than in 2015.
The Postal Service takes steps to prevent its employees from being attacked by dogs. For example, 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 U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”
A total of 40 cities make up the rankings. The full list is included below.