Cincinnati and Ohio top two lists for dog bite mail injuries
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Call the dogs back!
A new report from the U.S. Postal Service says more than 5,800 letter carriers were attacked by dogs in 2020.
That’s not bad. But it also appears that dogs in Ohio – and more specifically Cincinnati – could be blamed for much of these attacks.
Ohio is among the top three states for letter carrier dog bites, according to a USPS statement. There were 369 canine attacks in Ohio in 2020, up from 378 in 2019. Ohio was also ranked No. 3 overall in 2019.
Dogs bite letter carriers in Cincinnati as well. According to the USPS report, the Queen City is No. 14 in the country for such attacks, tied with Phoenix, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. In 2020, 26 dogs bit postal workers as they attempted to deliver mail and packages during an already brutal coronavirus pandemic.
California tops the list of states with the most dog bites, while Houston – arriving at No.1 – is the city that refuses to control its pets the most.
“Raising awareness of dog bite prevention and how to protect our letter carriers while we deliver the mail is paramount,” said Jamie Seavello, Acting Manager of Employee Safety and Health Awareness. ‘USPS, in a statement. “Dogs are instinctive animals who can act to protect their territory and that is why it is important to educate the public about this campaign.”
This campaign is National Dog Bite Awareness Week, a public service campaign in which postal workers share information about dog ownership and safety. National Dog Bite Awareness Week runs until Friday, June 18.
USPS recommends the following tips for dog owners:
Dog owners are responsible for the control of their dogs. The best way to protect everyone from dog bites is to recognize and promote responsible pet ownership. Most people know their mailman’s approximate arrival time each day and having their dog secured when the carrier approaches their property for delivery will minimize interactions with the dog carrier.
Pet owners should:
- Remind their children not to take the mail directly from a letter carrier, as the dog may view the carrier as a threat.
- When a postman comes to the house, keep the dogs inside the house or behind a fence, away from the door or in another room, or on a leash.
Postal workers are trained to avoid and broadcast potentially dangerous situations with dogs, according to the USPS – they probably even have dog repellant with them. If a situation is unsure, postal service may be interrupted and medical bills resulting from attacks could be costly for guardians of a dog.
“I knocked on a customer’s door to pick up a package and as a young child answered, a dog stormed out and bit my forearm, causing me to fall to the ground,” said James Michael Benson, who delivers mail to Kansas. “I was in shock and struggling with the dog, when he rushed over and bit me in the face again, under my ear.”