U.S. Postal Ser­vice re­leases An­nual Dog At­tack City Rank­ings

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS -

BIRM­ING­HAM — The num­ber of postal em­ploy­ees at­tacked by dogs na­tion­wide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year be­fore. The U.S. Postal Ser­vice (USPS) re­leased its an­nual rank­ing of top dog at­tack cities to­day, high­lighted safety ini­tia­tives to help pro­tect its em­ploy­ees and of­fered tips to pet own­ers.

“Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S. Postal Ser­vice Safety Di­rec­tor Linda DeCarlo in Los An­ge­les, where postal em­ploy­ees suf­fered 80 at­tacks — more than any other city in 2016. “Dog bite pre­ven­tion train­ing and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion are im­por­tant to keep pet own­ers, pets and those who visit homes — like let­ter car­ri­ers — happy and healthy.” in­di­cate the pres­ence of a dog at an in­di­vid­ual ad­dress,” said DeCarlo. “This in­for­ma­tion is par­tic­u­larly help­ful for sub­sti­tute car­ri­ers who fill in for reg­u­lar car­ri­ers on their days off.”

DeCarlo was in Los An­ge­les to kick off Na­tional Dog Bite Pre­ven­tion Week, which runs April 9 through Satur­day. The Postal Ser­vice, joined by the Amer­i­can Hu­mane, Amer­i­can Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, In­sur­ance In­for­ma­tion In­sti­tute and State Farm In­sur­ance, is driv­ing home the mes­sage that dog bites are a na­tional is­sue and ed­u­ca­tion can help pre­vent dog at­tacks.

Half of the 4.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans bit­ten by dogs an­nu­ally are chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC).

DeCarlo gave the fol­low­ing tips and en­cour­aged shar­ing them us­ing the hash­tag #pre­vent­dog­bites.

If a let­ter car­rier de­liv­ers mail or pack­ages to your front door, place your dog in a sep­a­rate room and close that door be­fore open­ing the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate­glass win­dows to at­tack vis­i­tors. Dog own­ers should keep the fam­ily pet se­cured.

Par­ents should re­mind their chil­dren and other fam­ily mem­bers not to take mail di­rectly from let­ter car­ri­ers in the pres­ence of the fam­ily pet, as the dog may view the let­ter car­rier hand­ing mail to a fam­ily mem­ber as a threat­en­ing ges­ture.

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