The United States Postal Service (USPS) said more than 5,300 postal employees were attacked by dogs while delivering mail in 2022. To spread awareness of this problem, the agency has launched a public service campaign called National Dog Bite Awareness Week.
“When letter carriers deliver mail in our communities, dogs that are not secured or leashed can become a nemesis and unpredictable and attack,” said Leeann Theriault, USPS employee safety and health awareness manager, in a press release. “Help us deliver your mail safely by keeping your dog secure and out of the way before your carrier arrives.”
USPS also provided a list of the cities with the most dog bites. Houston topped the list with 57 bites, and Los Angeles came in second with 48 bites. Dallas, Cleveland, and San Diego were also in the top five.
“When our mail carriers are bitten, it is usually a ‘good dog’ that had not previously behaved in a menacing way,” said USPS Occupational Safety and Health Senior Director Linda DeCarlo. “In 2022, too many aggressive dogs impacted the lives of our employees while delivering the mail. Please help us reduce that number by being a responsible pet owner who secures their dog as we deliver the mail.”