5,767 Postal Employees Were Attacked by Dogs in 2014

Posted on November 1, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service says 5,767 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2014. The top city for dog attacks on postal workers was Los Angeles with 74. Los Angeles was followed by Houston with 62, San Diego with 47 and Chicago with 45.

Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo, says in a statement, "There's a myth we often hear at the Postal Service: Don't worry, my dog won't bite. Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership."

The Postal Service says dog owners should advise children to keep dogs secured. They also say children should not take deliveries directly from letter carries in the presence of the family dog because the dog "may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture."

They also say they may not deliver may if the carrier feels threatened. The Post Office says, "If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner's neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well."

The data was released earlier this year as part of Dog Bite Prevention Week. Data on cat attacks was not provided. Here is a chart showing the top 15 cities for dogs attacking postal workers.

Chart of the Top Cities where dogs attack postal employees

Image: U.S. Postal Service