U.S. Postal Service Releases Canine Assault Nationwide Rankings

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Supply: U.S. Postal Service

Greater than 5,400 postal staff had been attacked by canines in america in 2021. From nips and bites to vicious assaults, aggressive canine habits poses a severe menace to postal staff and the general public. To focus on the enormity of this severe problem, the U.S. Postal Service is offering data on 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 marketing campaign runs Sunday, June 5, by means of Saturday, June 11. This yr’s theme is “The USPS Delivers for America — Ship for Us by Restraining Your Canine.” Unfold the information of the marketing campaign by utilizing the hashtag #dogbiteawareness

“Each yr, 1000’s of postal staff are attacked by canines as they ship America’s mail. And whereas it’s a canine’s pure intuition to guard their household and residential, we ask all prospects to behave responsibly by taking security precautions with their canines whereas the mail is being delivered,” mentioned USPS Worker Security and Well being Consciousness Supervisor Leeann Theriault. “When a service involves the residence, maintain the canine contained in the home and away from the door — or behind a fence on a leash — to keep away from an assault.”

Being a Accountable Pet Proprietor

Canine house owners with pleasant canines typically anticipate a pleasant response from different canines. Nevertheless, even pleasant canines will chew, relying on the circumstance. Canine are primarily territorial in nature and protecting of their house owners and their house owners’ property. Defending its territory generally means attacking — and probably biting — the letter service. Canine house owners are accountable for controlling their canines. The most effective solution to maintain everybody protected from canine bites is to acknowledge and promote accountable pet possession.

Most individuals know the approximate time their letter service arrives every single day. Securing your canine earlier than the service approaches your property will reduce any dog-carrier interactions.

When a letter service involves your private home, maintain canines:

  • Contained in the home or behind a fence;
  • Away from the door or in one other room; or
  • On a leash.

Pet house owners additionally ought to remind their kids to not take mail straight from a letter service because the canine could view the service as a menace.

Knowledgeable Supply is a great tool for dog-owning prospects. It’s a free service that offers prospects a digital preview of the mail and packages which can be scheduled to be delivered in order that they will take precautions and safe their canine when parcels are delivered to the door. Join at informeddelivery.usps.com.

“The Postal Service takes the security of our staff as severely as we take our dedication to delivering America’s mail. Every year, almost 6,000 staff are attacked by canines whereas on their routes,” mentioned USPS Occupational Security and Well being Senior Director Linda DeCarlo. “Please ship for us by being accountable pet house owners and ensure your canines are secured when our service involves your mailbox.”

The Victims

Final yr, many assaults reported by letter carriers got here from canines whose house owners frequently acknowledged, “My canine gained’t chew.” Canine bites are totally preventable. One chew is one too many. 

Being Attentive Whereas Delivering

Letter carriers are educated to watch an space the place they know canines could also be current. They’re taught to be alert for probably harmful circumstances and to respect a canine’s territory.

Letter carriers are educated to:

  • Not startle a canine.
  • Preserve their eyes on the canine.
  • By no means assume a canine gained’t chew.
  • Make some noise or rattle a fence to alert the canine if getting into a yard.
  • By no means try to pet or feed a canine.
  • Place their foot in opposition to an outward swinging door.

 

If a canine assaults, carriers are additionally educated to face their floor and shield their physique by putting one thing between them and the canine — comparable to their mail satchel — and use canine repellent, if crucial.

Though postal officers ask prospects to manage their canines, sadly canine bites nonetheless occur, which can lead to accidents to our carriers and expensive medical bills for canine house owners. Please heed the above greatest practices to assist cease canine bites and shield your letter service.

“I used to be bit by a canine on my leg lately and my mail satchel helped defend me,” mentioned Francisco Juarez, a letter service who delivers in Houston. “The sound of a canine barking whereas on my route places me on excessive alert and I attempt to be able to shield myself.”

Juarez acknowledges the significance of the security coaching he’s acquired as a letter service to assist shield himself from canine assaults whereas delivering the mail. Though he diligently follows dog-bite security protocols whereas on his route, he was nonetheless attacked by a canine.

Carriers do have instruments to remind them about canines on their routes. There may be a canine alert function device on their handheld scanners to remind them of a potential canine hazard and so they use canine warning playing cards as reminders once they type their mail for his or her routes {that a} canine which will intervene with supply.

Lastly, when a service feels unsafe, mail service may very well be halted — not just for the canine proprietor, however for your entire neighborhood. When mail service is stopped, mail have to be picked up on the Put up Workplace. Service won’t be restored till the canine is correctly restrained.

2022 Canine Assault Rankings by Metropolis

The highest 25 rating are comprised of 32 cities, as some cities reported the identical variety of assaults. For the 2022 canine assault rankings in your particular metropolis or city, contact your native USPS public relations consultant.

Calendar 12 months 2021

Workplace Metropolis

State

2021

Rank

CLEVELAND

OH

58

1

HOUSTON

TX

54

2

KANSAS CITY

MO

48

3

LOS ANGELES

CA

44

4

LOUISVILLE

KY

42

5

DALLAS

TX

38

6

ST. LOUIS

MO

36

7

CHICAGO

IL

35

8

DETROIT

MI

34

9

PHILADELPHIA

PA

32

10

COLUMBUS

OH

31

11

SAN DIEGO

CA

31

SAN ANTONIO

TX

30

12

DENVER

CO

29

13

PHOENIX

AZ

28

14

TOLEDO

OH

27

15

FORT WORTH

TX

26

16

CINCINNATI

OH

25

17

SEATTLE

WA

24

18

MINNEAPOLIS

MN

22

19

PITTSBURGH

PA

21

20

AKRON

OH

20

21

ALBUQUERQUE

NM

20

DAYTON

OH

18

22

MIAMI

FL

18

BALTIMORE

MD

17

23

MEMPHIS

TN

17

YOUNGSTOWN

OH

16

24

BATON ROUGE

LA

15

25

FLINT

MI

15

FLUSHING

NY

15

INDIANAPOLIS

IN

15

Prime 10 Canine Chunk States:

State

2020

2021

CA

787

656

TX

410

368

OH

369

359

PA

296

281

MI

253

244

NY

294

239

IL

289

226

FL

199

201

WA

122

139

KY

121

123

The Postal Service typically receives no tax {dollars} for working bills and depends on the sale of postage, services to fund its operations.