Buffalo among top cities for dog attacks on mail carriers
blog by S.J. Velasquez • May 15, 2013 @ 3:04pm
All those cartoon clips are pretty accurate, it seems. Mail carriers across the country have to fend against aggressive dogs, and Buffalo’s no exception to the stereotypical image.
When it comes to cities with angry dogs on the loose, Buffalo narrowly escapes top-ten status, according to a United States Postal Service news release that ranks cities by reported dog attacks on USPS employees.
Buffalo tied with Brooklyn, N.Y.—and yes, we know Brooklyn is not a city, but merely a New York City borough—at No. 11 on the list. Both regions of New York state, respectively, experienced 24 dog attacks on mail carriers. Nearly 6,000 postal employees were attacked nationwide last year.
The leading cities, as reported by USPS, are listed below:
1. Los Angeles, CA - 69
2. San Antonio, TX and Seattle, WA - 42
3. Chicago, IL - 41
4. San Francisco, CA - 38
5. Philadelphia, PA - 34
6. Detroit, MI - 33
7. St. Louis, MO - 32
8. Baltimore, MD and Sacramento, CA - 29
9. Houston, TX and Minneapolis, MN - 27
10. Cleveland and Dayton, OH - 26
“If our letter carriers deem your loose dog to be a threat, you’ll be asked to pick up your mail at the Post Office until it’s safe to deliver,” Ken Snavely, acting postmaster of Los Angeles, said in a USPS statement, which includes tips for ensuring mail carriers’ safety when they’re making deliveries to doors and mailboxes.
“Many dogs are cherished members of their family and people believe their dog won’t bite, but given the right circumstances, any dog can attack,” said Snavely. “Dogs do not reason like people do and they will react to their instinct to protect their family and territory. Working with animal behavior experts, the Postal Service has developed tips to avoid dog attacks, and for dog owners, tips for practicing responsible pet ownership.”
National Dog Bite Prevention Week starts Sunday and runs through May 25. For more information, download dog bite prevention information from the USPS website.