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Cincinnati ranks nationally in most dog attacks among postal workers

The United States Postal Service says Cincinnati was among the worst cities for dog attacks among postal workers. (U.S. Air Force / MGN Online)

CINCINNATI (WSYX/WKRC) - The United States Postal Service says Cincinnati was among the worst cities for dog attacks among postal workers.

USPS released the list of cities that had the highest number of dog attacks in 2017. Cincinnati was tied for 23rd most nationally (25 reported), while Cleveland ranked 4th nationally (49) and Columbus 8th (43).

Louisville was No. 10 in the nation (39) and Indianapolis tied for 23rd (25).

Houston was the worst city for attacks with 71 in 2017, up from 62 in the year before. Several cities tied with one total dog attack last year.

Here are the top 20 worst cities in 2017:

  1. HOUSTON - 71
  2. LOS ANGELES - 67
  3. ST LOUIS - 52
  4. CLEVELAND - 49
  5. SAN DIEGO - 46
  6. BALTIMORE - 44
  7. SAN ANTONIO - 44
  8. COLUMBUS - 43
  9. DALLAS - 40
  10. LOUISVILLE - 39

On a positive note, USPS says there were 500 fewer dog attacks in 2017 than the year before.

"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.”

USPS says they have been working with employees to increase safety including giving carriers the ability to mark which homes have dogs.

“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.”

DeCarlo also gave the following tips for preventing dog bites among postal workers:

  • If a 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. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.
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