Dogs Really Do Attack the Mailman; 6K Times Last Year

USPS releases list of cities with most canine-on-letter-carrier violence
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 8:46 AM CDT
LA had the most dog bites on letter carriers last year with 69.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Dogs biting the mailman: It doesn't just happen in the movies. The USPS reports that a not-exactly-insignificant 5,879 letter carriers were attacked by dogs last year. And as one of the forces behind National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 19-25), the USPS has released a list of the cities with the highest number of incidents, while issuing a reminder: If your mailman deems your dog a threat, you'll have to pick up your mail at the Post Office. The worst offenders:

  • Los Angeles: 69
  • San Antonio, Seattle: 42
  • Chicago: 41
  • San Francisco: 38
  • Philadelphia: 34
Other cities that recorded more than 25 bites: Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Sacramento, Houston, Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Dayton, Ohio. (Read more dog stories.)

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