Los Angeles and California each ranked excessive within the U.S. Postal Service’s listing of canine assaults on mail carriers final yr.
The service on Thursday launched rankings of 2021 canine assaults by metropolis as a part of Nationwide Canine Chunk Prevention Week. Los Angeles is fourth on the listing of 32 cities, with 44 USPS workers being attacked by canine in 2021, whereas California is first amongst states with 656 assaults.
Each are down from 2020, when L.A. had 59 assaults and California had 782.
Greater than 5,400 postal workers have been attacked by canine in the USA in 2021, based on the U.S. Postal Service.
“From nips and bites to vicious assaults, aggressive canine conduct poses a critical risk to postal workers and the general public,” the company mentioned in a information launch Thursday.
To emphasise the seriousness of the difficulty, the Postal Service is highlighting the do’s and don’ts of accountable canine possession as a part of its annual Nationwide Canine Chunk Consciousness Week public service marketing campaign.
The theme of this yr’s marketing campaign, which runs from June 5 to June 11, is “The USPS Delivers for America — Ship for Us by Restraining Your Canine.”
“Each yr, 1000’s of postal workers are attacked by canine as they ship America’s mail. And whereas it’s a canine’s pure intuition to guard their household and residential, we ask all clients to behave responsibly by taking security precautions with their canine whereas the mail is being delivered,” USPS Worker Security and Well being Consciousness Supervisor Leeann Theriault mentioned. “When a provider involves the residence, hold the canine contained in the home and away from the door — or behind a fence on a leash — to keep away from an assault.”
Canines are primarily territorial in nature and protecting of their homeowners and their homeowners’ property, the USPS mentioned, including that defending its territory typically means attacking — and presumably biting — the letter provider. Canine homeowners are accountable for controlling their canine, the company emphasised.
Because the provider often arrives at the identical time every day, the company suggests securing your canine contained in the home or behind a fence beforehand.
Pet homeowners ought to remind their youngsters to not take mail immediately from a letter provider because the canine might view the provider as a risk, USPS suggested.
Final yr, many assaults reported by letter carriers got here from canine whose homeowners frequently said, “My canine gained’t chew,” based on USPS.
Letter carriers are educated to look at an space the place they know canine could also be current, and are taught to be alert for doubtlessly harmful situations and to respect a canine’s territory.
If a canine assaults, carriers are educated to face their floor and defend their physique by inserting one thing between them and the canine — corresponding to their mail satchel — and use canine repellent, if obligatory, USPS mentioned.
“I used to be bit by a canine on my leg lately and my mail satchel helped protect me,” Francisco Juarez, a letter provider who delivers in Houston, mentioned. “The sound of a canine barking whereas on my route places me on excessive alert and I attempt to be able to defend myself.”
Canine bites might lead to accidents to the carriers and dear medical bills for canine homeowners, the Postal Service mentioned.
Carriers have a canine alert characteristic instrument on their handheld scanners to remind them of a attainable canine hazard on their routes.
When a provider feels unsafe, mail service could possibly be halted — not just for the canine proprietor, however for the whole neighborhood, based on USPS. When the service is stopped, mail should be picked up on the submit workplace and repair won’t be restored till the canine is correctly restrained, the company mentioned.
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