Dog Attacks on Postal Workers Decline in 2017

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The number of dog attacks on Postal employees declined last year versus 2016 according to data released by the Postal Service.

There were a total of 6,244 dog attacks in 2017, 500 fewer than in 2016. In 2016, the number increased by 200 over 2015.

“We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in San Diego, where postal employees suffered 46 attacks — the fifth ranked city in 2017. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”

One measure the Postal Service uses to prevent dog attacks is to ask homeowners on the package pickup application if a dog is present at the delivery address. This information is provided to mail carriers on their delivery scanners which send alerts if an unleashed dog is reported in a delivery area.

“The scanners that our carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for them to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” said DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”

The top 30 cities for dog attacks as provided by the Postal Service are included below.

2017 Dog Attack Rankings by City

Office City Office State CY-17 CY-16
1 HOUSTON TX 71 62
2 LOS ANGELES CA 67 80
3 ST LOUIS MO 52 31
4 CLEVELAND OH 49 60
5 SAN DIEGO CA 46 57
6 BALTIMORE MD 44 36
6 SAN ANTONIO TX 44 42
7 COLUMBUS OH 43 39
8 DALLAS TX 40 41
9 LOUISVILLE KY 39 51
10 CHICAGO IL 38 46
11 DENVER CO 35 47
12 LONG BEACH CA 32 22
12 DETROIT MI 32 48
12 KANSAS CITY MO 32 30
13 OAKLAND CA 28 23
13 SEATTLE WA 28 31
14 MINNEAPOLIS MN 27 43
14 CHARLOTTE NC 27 33
14 PHILADELPHIA PA 27 40
15 SAN JOSE CA 26 21
15 FORT WORTH TX 26 33
16 MIAMI FL 25 15
16 INDIANAPOLIS IN 25 44
16 ROCHESTER NY 25 11
16 CINCINNATI OH 25 24
16 TOLEDO OH 25 18
17 PHOENIX AZ 24 35
17 SACRAMENTO CA 24 30
17 PORTLAND OR 24 41

 

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