This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the U.S. Postal Service has released its top 30 dog attack city rankings, in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the number of attacks on letter carriers. Last year, 5,767 postal employees were attacked last year.
Across the USA, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, and half of them are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dayton ranks 22nd in the country for the number of dog bites. Here are some important tips to help reduce dog bites:
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 plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children 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 child as a threatening gesture.
The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.
News Center 7’s Leticia Perry has more in her report coming up in our 5:30 p.m. news.
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