(SALT LAKE CITY) – This week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced the names of 30 cities where highest number of dog attacks were reported. Salt Lake City was one of those, that reported 11 such incidents last year, where postal workers were bitten by dogs.
Salt Lake City, and six other cities reported the same number (11) of such incidents where dogs attacked postal workers, and ranked last in the list of 30 cities.
Moreover, according to USPS, the dogs attacked around 5,581 postal workers last year. The highest number of attacks (63) were reported in Houston, followed by 61 attacks in Los Angeles and another 58 in Cleveland.
Linda DeCarlo, USPS safety manager, said, “There’s a myth we often hear at the Postal Service. ‘Don’t worry. My dog won’t bite.’ Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite, and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership.”
DeCarlo recommended the dog owners to make sure that their pets are placed in a separate room before they open the door to collect their packages or mail from the postal workers, and also to secure dogs that are running loose.
Furthermore, if a running loose pet poses a threat to a carrier, then in that case, the owner may also be requested to come to a nearby post office to collect his package.
DeCarlo further said that dogs are usually more protective of children, so the parents should educate their children not to receive a mail directly from a postman, when their dog is nearby. This is because the dog might consider him a stranger posing a threat to the child with his actions.