Report: Thousands of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs in 2015

- The Postal Service announced Friday that 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs last year as it released its annual top dog attack city rankings.

It also shared information on new safety initiatives it is putting in place to help protect its employees.

“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston, where postal employees suffered 77 attacks, more than any other city.

TIPS: 

• If 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 get at strangers.

• Dog owners should keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

• The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.

Fifty-one cities make up the top 30 rankings:

2015 Dog Attack Rankings by City

Note: A total of 6,549 postal employees were attacked by dogs in calendar 2015. Fifty-one cities comprise the top 30 rankings as some cities reported the same number of attacks.

Ranking

City, State

2015 Dog Attacks

2014 Dog Attacks

Change

Percent Change

1

Houston, TX

77

63

14

22

2

San Diego, CA

Cleveland, OH

58

47

37

11

21

23

57

3

Chicago, IL

Dallas, TX

57

46

43

11

14

24

33

4

Los Angeles, CA

56

75

-19

-25

5

Louisville, KY

51

40

11

28

6

Kansas City, MO

46

32

14

44

7

Philadelphia, PA

44

33

11

33

8

Columbus, OH

43

22

21

95

9

Portland, OR

41

31

10

32

10

Fort Worth, TX

San Antonio, TX

39

26

24

13

15

50

63

11

Denver, CO

38

40

-2

-5

12

Phoenix, AZ

36

35

1

3

13

St. Louis, MO

35

39

-4

-10

14

Seattle, WA

34

29

5

17

15

Detroit, MI

Long Beach, CA

32

28

27

4

5

14

19

16

Indianapolis, IN

Sacramento, CA

31

35

29

-4

2

-11

7

17

Minneapolis, MN

Baltimore, MD

30

33

27

-3

3

-9

11

18

Miami, FL

Cincinnati, OH

28

26

24

2

4

8

17

19

Brooklyn, NY

26

15

11

73

20

San Francisco, CA

25

23

2

9

21

San Jose, CA

Albuquerque, NM

St. Paul, MN

24

20

16

6

4

8

18

20

50

300

22

Oakland, CA

Milwaukee, WI

23

22

11

 

1

12

5

109

23

Charlotte, NC

Dayton, OH

22

23

18

-1

4

-4

22

24

Las Vegas, NV

21

19

2

11

25

Pittsburgh, PA

Jacksonville, FL

20

22

10

-2

10

-9

100

26

Rochester, NY

Fresno, CA

Stockton, CA

19

18

17

9

1

2

10

6

12

111

27

Wichita, KS

Flushing, NY

Baton Rouge, LA

18

25

14

9

-7

4

9

-28

29

100

28

Memphis, TN

17

13

4

31

29

Richmond, VA

Salt Lake City, UT

16

17

9

-1

7

-6

78

30

New Orleans, LA

Omaha, NE

Des Moines, IA

Toledo, OH

15

19

14

11

10

-4

1

4

5

-21

7

36

50

 

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