Chicago ranks among cities with most dog attacks on USPS postal workers – NBC Chicago
The U.S. Postal Service released its national dog attack rankings on Thursday, revealing Chicago as one of the cities with the most attacks on USPS postal workers.
Ahead of a National Dog Bite Awareness Week public service campaign, which runs June 5-11, the USPS revealed that more than 5,400 postal workers were attacked by dogs during 2021. Chicago was eighth on the list for the most dog attacks. on USPS workers, with 35 attacks reported in 2021.
It’s a major improvement for the city, which had recorded the second-highest number of attacks in the country a year earlier. In 2020, Chicago had 59 attacks, behind only Houston, which reported 73 attacks that year.
As part of National Dog Bite Awareness Week, the USPS reminded residents of the do’s and don’ts of responsible dog ownership, including:
- Remind their children not to take mail directly from a mail carrier, as the dog may see 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
As many people know the approximate arrival time of their carrier, owners are urged to secure their dog before the carrier approaches.
“Each year, thousands of postal workers are attacked by dogs while delivering US mail. And while it’s a dog’s natural instinct to protect their family and home, we ask all customers to act responsibly by taking safety precautions with their dogs during mail delivery.” said Leeann Theriault, USPS employee health and safety awareness manager, in a press release. . “When a porter comes to the residence, keep the dog inside the house and away from the door – or behind a fence on a leash – to avoid an attack.”
The top cities with the most attacks, along with the number reported are listed below:
- Cleveland – 58
- Houston – 54
- Kansas City, MO – 48
- Los Angeles – 44
- Louisville – 42
- Dallas – 38
- St. Louis – 36
- Chicago – 35
- Detroit – 34
- Philadelphia – 32
- Columbus, Ohio and San Diego, California – 31 attacks each
- San Antonio – 30
- Denver – 29
- Phoenix – 28
- Toledo – 27
- Fort Worth – 26
- Cincinnati – 25
- Seattle – 24
- Minnesota – 22
- Pittsburgh – 20
- Akron, Ohio and Albuquerque, New Mexico – 20
- Miami, Florida and Dayton, Ohio – 18
- Baltimore, Maryland and Memphis, Tennessee – 17
- Youngtown – 16
- Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Flint and Flushing, New York – 15