While 2020 hasn’t been the best year for anyone, it has been particularly difficult for employees of the U.S. Postal Service as the agency said thousands of letter carriers have been attacked by dogs in the past year.
La Poste announced Thursday that more than 5,800 employees were attacked by dogs in 2020.
“From bites and bites to vicious attacks, the aggressive behavior of dogs poses a serious threat to postal workers and the general public,” the service said in a statement.
The Postal Service also announced which cities and states had the most dog attacks, with Houston at the top of the list of cities and California being the state with the most attacks. The statistics were announced ahead of National Dog Bite Awareness Week, which began Saturday and ends June 18.
Here is the list of the top 10 cities and the number of attacks recorded:
- Houston, 73
- Chicago, 59
- Los Angeles, 54
- Cleveland, 46
- Denver, 44
- Baltimore, 43
- Dallas, 38
- Colomb, 37 years old
- San Antonio, 36
- San Diego and Detroit, 35
Here is the list of the top 10 states and the number of attacks:
- California, 782
- Texas, 402
- Ohio, 369
- New-York, 295
- Pennsylvania, 291
- Illinois, 290
- Michigan, 253
- Florida, 198
- New Jersey, 179
- Virginia, 169
There was no criteria to be met for it to be considered an attack, public relations representative David P. Coleman told USA TODAY. An attack was considered if a postal worker made an injury claim or told his supervisors that he had been attacked.
There is no data on which type of dog is attacked the most, but the Postal Service says “all dogs can bite.” Since there has been a high volume of door-to-door deliveries since the start of the pandemic, the service noted that it created more opportunities for carriers to interact with dogs, which meant higher risks. dog attacks.
“Raising public awareness about dog bite prevention and our letter carrier protection when delivering mail is paramount,” said Jamie Seavello, Acting Head of Postal Service Employee Safety and Health. American, in a press release. “Dogs are instinctive animals who can act to protect their territory and that is why it is important to educate the public about this campaign.”
The service also listed some ways pet owners could reduce the number of dog attacks, including not letting children take mail directly from a postman as a dog may view the employee as a threat, as well as keeping dogs in and out of doors. .
Letter carriers are also trained on how to handle dogs on delivery routes. They may have warning cards to remind them that there may be a dangerous dog on their route and a dog alert feature tool on their handheld scanners.
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