A total of 5,803 Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs in 2019, and Denver was among the 10 cities with the most incidents, the agency announced Thursday.
The total marked a drop of about 200 incidents from 2018 and more than 400 fewer than in 2017, the Postal Service said. The agency manages safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners as part of its National Dog Bite Awareness Week, which runs Sunday through June 20.
Denver was ninth in the nation in 2019 with 30 attacks on Postal Service workers, the agency said. Houston (85), Los Angeles (74) and Chicago (54) made up the top three.
“It’s important for our customers to understand that letter carriers are still coming to homes daily and need to deliver mail safely,” Postal Service safety awareness program manager Chris Johnson said. “We are confident we can keep moving the trends of attacks downward, and ramping up overall awareness for everyone is the best way to do that.”
Johnson said workers carry scanners to confirm customer delivery and to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address. The system alerts customers to mail due to be delivered, allowing them to secure their dogs.
The Postal Service offers the following safety tips:
- When a letter carrier delivers mail to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door.
- Parents should remind children and other family members not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet. The dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
If a mail carrier feels threatened by a dog, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a nearby post office until the worker is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner and neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at a nearby post office.
Colorado was not among the top 10 states with the most dog attacks on Postal Service workers, according to the federal agency.
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