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15 May 2014

Atlanta Ranks in the Top 30 for the Number of Dog Attacks on Mail Men

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.

Atlanta tied the cities of Aurora (Colorado), Milwaukee (Wisconsin), San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Youngstown (Ohio) with twelve reported dog attacks on mail carriers in 2013. Houston, Texas had the most dog attacks, with sixty-three.

"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."

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.