On 4/11/2019, the US Postal Service (USPS) released the National Rankings of cities for the most recorded dog attacks involving mail carriers. According to the USPS, there were 5,714 dog attacks in 2018, or 500 fewer attacks than in 2017 and 1000 fewer since 2016.
Even though the number of dog attacks against mail carriers has slowed down a bit in the last 3 years, dog attacks have occurred in nearly every major city across the United States. And to show you just how prevalent dog attacks that mail carriers encountered in 2018, we copied a map of the states where most dog bites occurred, as shown below.
As you can see in the map above, dog attacks are a problem across the United States. And as pet owners, we are reminded just how important it is to keep our pets from mail carriers. Help protect our mail carriers by following these safety tips from the US Postal Service:
- 1. When a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate glass windows to attack visitors.
- 2. Parents should remind children and other family members not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet. The dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
As we head into the warmer months and our pets are spending more time outdoors, remember to keep your pets contained in secured areas. Your mail carrier will thank you for keeping them safe.