What are the Worst Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Employees?

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By on April 6, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Angry dog baring his teeth

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.

Rank City State 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

 

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