USPS launches effort to help prevent dog attacks on mail carriers

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The United States Postal Service has introduced two new initiatives to help prevent dog attacks amid National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

This past year, more than 6,500 postal workers were attacked by dogs while on duty. The Postal Service says at least 48 of those attacks were in Florida.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week lasts from May 15-21 and seeks to spread education on how to prevent attacks from happening.

As part of the week, the Postal Service has announced a new feature of USPS.com’s Package Pickup that asks customers to say whether or not a dog is at the address where a pickup is scheduled.

Along with this, mail carriers will now be able to identify addresses with dogs on their mobile delivery devices. The Postal Service says this will be “especially helpful” to substitute carriers who are unfamiliar with certain locations.

Miami tied Cincinnati, Ohio California for 18th place on the list of cities with the most dog attacks. Each city had 28 attacks reported in 2015. Jacksonville, Florida tied with Pittsburgh for 25th place on the list. Each city had 20 attacks reported in 2015.

Tampa had 12 attacks last year. A number of cities/towns in the Tampa Bay area had at least one attack in the past year, including:

  • Bradenton 1
  • Oldsmar 1
  • Palm Harbor 1
  • Pinellas Park 1
  • Plant City 1
  • Sebring 1
  • Seminole 1
  • Spring Hill 1

Houston topped the list with 77 dog attacks reported last year. San Diego, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Louisville round out the top 5 cities with the most dog attacks.

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