USPS: 6,000 dog attacks on mail carriers last year

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USPS: 6,000 Dog Attacks On Mail Carriers Last Year
Mail carriers and dogs have long shared an often rocky relationship, and the US Postal Service has revealed just how bad it can get.

According to their recently released figures, last year alone nearly 6 thousand carriers reported being attacked by dogs.

The USPS also compiled a list of where those attacks most often occurred.

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WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Letter carriers from the Friendship Post Office show the places where they have been bitten by dogs while delivering mail May 13, 2004 in Washington, DC. This week is dog bite prevention week, an effort to raise awareness for responsible pet ownership. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Michael Downey a letter carrier for the Friendship Post Office shows a place on his leg where he was bitten by a dog while delivering mail May 13, 2004 in Washington, DC. This week is dog bite prevention week, an effort to raise awareness for responsible pet ownership. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 18-24 .USPS Safety Manager Linda DeCarlo, Dog owner and handler,Leah Brewer with Pit bull therapy dog Elle, the American Humane Associations 2013 Hero Dog of the Year, Silver Spring letter carrier Dong Chung and Rock

(photo credit: State Farm/Flickr)

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Los Angeles, California was home to the greatest number, with 74.

Houston wasn't too far behind at 62.

San Diego, Chicago, and Dallas all came in with numbers in the 40s.

Tying as the 6th tensest city in regards to dog and postal worker relations were Louisville, Kentucky and Denver, Colorado.

The US Postal Service advises that people with dogs keep them secured when mail carriers are near.

Postal workers are often told by customers that their precious pooches would never bite a human.

Noted by the USPS is that carriers are under no obligation to provide home delivery to environments they deem unsafe due to the presence of dogs running freely.
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