Dog Attacks on Philly Postal Workers

Take a look at where Philadelphia falls on the list

Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 5:26 PM EDT
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Dog Attacks on Philly Postal Workers

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The U.S. Postal Service says Los Angeles was the worst city in America for dog attacks on letter carriers last year, and it urged pet owners to help reduce the attacks.

Philadelphia makes the top 10 list.
The agency on Wednesday released its city rankings ahead of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts Monday.

The Postal Service said nearly 5,900 postal workers were attacked last year, a tiny portion of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by dogs annually.
Los Angeles was the worst with 69 attacks. Here's a city-by-city list: 

  1. Los Angeles       69
  2. San Antonio       42
  3. Seattle           42
  4. Chicago           41
  5. San Francisco     38
  6. Philadelphia      34
  7. Detroit           33
  8. St. Louis         32
  9. Baltimore         29
  10. Sacramento, Calif.29
  11. Houston           27
  12. Minneapolis       27
  13. Cleveland         26
  14. Dayton, Ohio      26
  15. Buffalo, N.Y.     24
  16. Brooklyn, N.Y.    24
  17. Denver            23
  18. Dallas            21
  19. Tacoma, Wash.     21
  20. Wichita, Kan.     20

If letter carriers feel threatened by a dog, they can skip delivery to the house and ask the customer to retrieve any mail at the post office instead.


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