CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland is one of the nation's leaders in dog attacks against US Postal Service workers. UU While there were fewer dog attacks last year in both Cleveland and the country, the number of attacks remains staggeringly high, according to a new report from the agency.
The USPS, which released its findings on Thursday, said there were 6,244 workers attacked by canines across the country, including 49 in Cleveland.
Although the total number may surprise some readers, there were actually 500 fewer attacks than the previous year. It's also a decline for Cleveland, which had 60 dog attacks on USPS workers in 2016.
Unfortunately, Cleveland is still in the top 5 of the cities with the most dog attacks against USPS workers.
But at least we're not Houston.
Seventy-one Postal Service workers in Houston were attacked last year, and the city surpassed Los Angeles, which had 67 attacks, to win the dubious worst-city title. in America for dog attacks.
St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego completed the top five with 52, 49 and 46 workers attacked, respectively.
California had the most cities on the list with six, followed by Ohio and Texas, which each had four.
But the Postal Service is adopting an optimistic view of the data. Although it is still very high, the number fell by a not insignificant amount.
"We are encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks," postal service security director Linda DeCarlo said in a statement. "The totals are still too high, but we are confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with the advancement of technology, we can keep more people safe and keep the attacks with downward trends. "
DeCarlo said the agency uses a security feature that alerts postmen to dogs on their delivery routes. The application asks customers to indicate if they have dogs in their homes when they schedule package pickups. That information is then transmitted to the operators in their delivery scanners, which issue alerts if an unleashed dog is reported.
"The scanners that our transporters use to confirm the delivery of a customer include a function to indicate the presence of a dog in an individual address," said DeCarlo. "This information is particularly useful for surrogate carriers that replace regular carriers on their days off."
DeCarlo also offered some advice to residents with dogs.
- If a carrier delivers mail or parcels to your door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through doors with mosquito nets or glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners must keep the family pet secure.
- Parents should remind their children and other family members that they should not carry the mail directly from the carriers in the presence of the family pet, since the dog can see the person delivering the mail to a family. member of the family as a threatening gesture.
- If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or untied, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at a post office until it is satisfied that the pet has been retained. If a dog roams the neighborhood, pet owners can also be asked to pick up their mail at the area's post office.