• USPS: Seattle ranks 22nd in number of dog attacks on letter carriers in 2018

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

    Updated:

    SEATTLE - Twenty-seven letter carriers were attacked by dogs in the city of Seattle in 2018, according to new numbers released by the United States Postal Service

    The Postal Service compiled a list of dog attacks on letter carriers across the country, and Seattle finished ranked 22nd overall – just behind Oakland, California. See full rankings below.

    According to the Postal Service, the number of attacks in Seattle went down one – as there were 28 in 2017. 

    “Our employees have been taking preventative measures against dog attacks, but they need help from our customers, too,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo. “We are confident we can keep moving the trends of attacks downward, and ramping up overall awareness for everyone is the best way to do that.”

    The Postal Service released the rankings to mark the start of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday. 

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    “A total of 5,714 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2018. The top 20 rankings are comprised of 29 cities, as some cities reported the same number of attacks,” the Postal Service said.

     

    Office City

    Office State

    CY-18

    CY-17

    1

    HOUSTON

    TX

    75

    71

    2

    LOS ANGELES

    CA

    60

    67

    3

    PHILADELPHIA

    PA

    51

    27

    4

    CLEVELAND

    OH

    50

    49

    5

    DALLAS

    TX

    49

    40

    6

    SAN ANTONIO

    TX

    47

    44

    7

    MINNEAPOLIS

    MN

    38

    27

    8

    CHICAGO

    IL

    37

    38

    8

    COLUMBUS

    OH

    37

    43

    10

    FORT WORTH

    TX

    35

    26

    11

    DETROIT

    MI

    34

    32

    12

    SAN DIEGO

    CA

    33

    46

    13

    CHARLOTTE

    NC

    32

    27

    13

    MEMPHIS

    TN

    32

    20

    15

    BALTIMORE

    MD

    31

    44

    15

    DENVER

    CO

    31

    35

    15

    KANSAS CITY

    MO

    31

    32

    18

    ST. LOUIS

    MO

    30

    52

    19

    ALBUQUERQUE

    NM

    29

    22

    19

    SACRAMENTO

    CA

    29

    24

    21

    OAKLAND

    CA

    28

    28

    22

    SEATTLE

    WA

    27

    28

    23

    CINCINNATI

    OH

    24

    25

    23

    MIAMI

    FL

    24

    25

    23

    PHOENIX

    AZ

    24

    24

    26

    LOUISVILLE

    KY

    23

    39

    27

    BROOKLYN

    NY

    22

    21

    27

    LAS VEGAS

    NV

    22

    19

    27

    PORTLAND

    OR

    22

    24

     

    In addition to rankings, the Postal Service released the following safety tips: 

    “When 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 plate glass windows to attack visitors.

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

    "If a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office or another facility until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.”

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