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City Rankings Of Dog Attacks On UPS

SAN DIEGO — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244 in 2017 — more than 500 fewer than 2016. Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is showcasing technology that alerts mail carriers of potential attacks while releasing its annual list of cities where they recorded most dog attacks. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

“We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in San Diego, where postal employees suffered 46 attacks — the fifth-ranked city in 2017. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”

Enhancing Employee Safety
DeCarlo highlights USPS safety measures that alert mail carriers to dogs on their delivery routes. The Package Pickup application on usps.com asks customers to indicate if there are dogs at their addresses when they schedule package pickups. Carriers receive this information on their delivery scanners which send alerts if someone reports an unleashed dog in a delivery area.

“The scanners that our carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for them to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” said DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”

Office City

Office State

CY-17

CY-16

1

HOUSTON

TX

71

62

2

LOS ANGELES

CA

67

80

3

ST LOUIS

MO

52

31

4

CLEVELAND

OH

49

60

5

SAN DIEGO

CA

46

57

6

BALTIMORE

MD

44

36

6

SAN ANTONIO

TX

44

42

7

COLUMBUS

OH

43

39

8

DALLAS

TX

40

41

9

LOUISVILLE

KY

39

51

10

CHICAGO

IL

38

46

11

DENVER

CO

35

47

12

LONG BEACH

CA

32

22

12

DETROIT

MI

32

48

12

KANSAS CITY

MO

32

30

13

OAKLAND

CA

28

23

13

SEATTLE

WA

28

31

14

MINNEAPOLIS

MN

27

43

14

CHARLOTTE

NC

27

33

14

PHILADELPHIA

PA

27

40

15

SAN JOSE

CA

26

21

15

FORT WORTH

TX

26

33

16

MIAMI

FL

25

15

16

INDIANAPOLIS

IN

25

44

16

ROCHESTER

NY

25

11

16

CINCINNATI

OH

25

24

16

TOLEDO

OH

25

18

17

PHOENIX

AZ

24

35

17

SACRAMENTO

CA

24

30

17

PORTLAND

OR

24

41