Houston mail carriers are first in the nation ... in dog attacks

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Houston mail carriers are first in the nation ... in dog attacks

T-30. Santa Ana, California
Attacks: 11

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T-30. Salt Lake City, Utah
Attacks: 11

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T-30. Richmond, Virginia
Attacks: 11

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T-30. Richmond, California
Attacks: 11

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T-30. Evansville, Indiana
Attacks: 11

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T-30. Des Moines, Iowa
Attacks: 11

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T-30. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Attacks: 11

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T-29: Youngstown, Ohio
Attacks: 12

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T-29: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Attacks: 12

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T-29. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attacks: 12

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T-29. Aurora, Colorado
Attacks: 12

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T-29. Atlanta, Georgia
Attacks: 12

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T-28. Van Nuys, California
Attacks: 13

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T-28. New Orleans, Louisiana
Attacks: 13

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T-28. Las Vegas, Nevada
Attacks: 13

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T-28. Fort Wayne, Indiana
Attacks: 13

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T-28. Dayton, Ohio
Attacks: 13

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T-28. Bakersfield, California
Attacks: 13

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T-27. Springfield, Missouri
Attacks: 14

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T-27. Flushing, New York
Attacks: 14

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T-27. El Paso, Texas
Attacks: 14

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T-27. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attacks: 14

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T-26. Louisville, Kentucky
Attacks: 15

T-26. Austin, Texas
Attacks: 15

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25. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attacks: 16
24. Washington, DC
Attacks: 17

T-23. Rochester, New York
Attacks: 18

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T-23. Brooklyn, New York
Attacks: 18

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22. Memphis, Tennessee
Attacks: 19

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T-21. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Attacks: 20

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T-21. San Francisco, California
Attacks: 20

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T-21. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attacks: 20

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T-21. Jacksonville, Florida
Attacks: 20

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20. Detroit, Michigan
Attacks: 21

T-19. Wichita, Kansas
Attacks: 22

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T-19. San Antonio, Kansas
Attacks: 22

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T-19. Oakland, California
Attacks: 22

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T-19. Long Beach, California
Attacks: 22

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T-19. Fresno, California
Attacks: 22

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18. Miami, Florida
Attacks: 23

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17. Charlotte, North Carolina
Attacks: 25

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T-16. San Jose, California
Attacks: 26

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T-16. Fort Worth, Texas
Attacks: 26

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T-16. Cincinnati, Ohio
Attacks: 26

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T-15. St. Louis, Missouri
Attacks: 28

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T-15. Seattle, Washington
Attacks: 28

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T-15. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attacks: 28

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14. Indianapolis, Indiana
Attacks: 29

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13. Sacramento, California
Attacks: 30

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12. Portland, Oregon
Attacks: 31

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T-11. Phoenix, Arizona
Attacks: 32

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T-11. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attacks: 28

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10. Kansas City, Missouri
Attacks: 33

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9. Columbus, Ohio
Attacks: 39

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8. Denver, Colorado
Attacks: 41

(Walter Bibikow)

7. Dallas, Texas
Attacks: 45

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6. Baltimore, Maryland
Attacks: 46

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5. Chicago, Illinois
Attacks: 47

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4. San Diego, California
Attacks: 53

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3. Cleveland, Ohio
Attacks: 58

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2. Los Angeles, California
Attacks: 61

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1. Houston, Texas
Attacks: 63

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By RYAN GORMAN

Nearly 5,600 postal workers were attacked last year by dogs around the nation, according to the U.S. Postal Service, and one city's dogs are hungrier than most.

Houston, Texas, topped the list with 63 dog attacks in 2013. Los Angeles came in a close second with 61 and Cleveland had 58, to round out the top three.

The Post Office releases an annual survey of dog attacks against mail men and women to prove canines really do go after the workers.

"There's a myth we often hear at the Postal Service," said Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo. "Don't worry, my dog won't bite.

"Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem," DeCarlo continued. "Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership."

Other cities coming in the top 10 include San Diego (53), Chicago (47), Baltimore (46), Dallas (45), Denver (41), Columbus (39) and Kansas City, Missouri (33).

Despite being the nation's largest city, and likely having the most dogs, New York did not even register on the postal service's dog bite radar.

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