USPS sees decline in dog attacks

Fewer mail carriers were attacked by dogs last year, than in 2017, according to the U.S. Postal Services’ annual dog bite report.

Nationwide, the number of postal employees attacked by dogs fell to 5,714 in 2018 — more than 500 fewer than in 2017 and more than 1,000 fewer since 2016.

“Our employees have been great at taking preventative measures against dog attacks, but they need help from our customers, too,” USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo, said, adding, “We are confident we can keep moving the trends of attacks downward, and ramping up overall awareness for everyone is the best way to do that.”

The report ranked the number of dog bites by city, putting Houston at the top of the list for the most carrier attacks, followed by Los Angeles and Philadelphia, consecutively.

Along with the report, USPS highlighted technology and strategies in use to help prevent dog attacks, such as using mobile delivery devices, or scanners that indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address.

In addition, the “Package Pickup” application asks customers to indicate if dogs are at their address when they schedule package pickups, which allows USPS to send alerts to those carriers.

USPS also offers tips to dog owners on how they can help prevent mail carriers from being attached by their pets.

The informational video, which was released earlier this month, is available here.

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

Postal carriers should be furnished bear spray (not pepper spray) and tasers. Too many idiots with pit bulls, Dobermans, and other nasty supposed pets. Hold the owners financially responsible for any bites or harm done.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

5714 in 2018! Is an improvement!? One dog bite is one too many. There needs to be far greater diligence in prevention. In my neighborhood a pitbull jumped a 8 foot fence to do a repeat bite on a letter carrier. Please do more to keep them safe.

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