Dog attacks on mail carriers are serious business | News, Sports, Jobs
US Postal Service workers face many challenges – the snow, rain, heat and darkness of the night are just the beginning.
Unfortunately, the USPS is also notorious for dog bites on carriers. And during National Dog Bite Awareness Week this week, it’s important to remind residents that it’s their responsibility to prevent such an impediment to mail delivery.
Ohio ranked third in the nation for postal workers attacked by dogs in 2021. Of the 5,400 incidents nationwide, 359 workers were attacked or bitten by dogs in Ohio in the year last.
Youngstown is among the top 25 U.S. cities for dog attacks on postal carriers this year, based on 2021 reports. Youngstown ranked No. 24 with 16 attacks on carriers last year, according to the new U.S. Postal Service Dog Attack Rankings.
Seven Ohio cities made the list, and in fact, Cleveland topped the list with 58 kills. Others included Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Akron.
From nipping and biting to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal workers and the public, according to the Postal Service. But responsible dog owners know that it’s up to them to train or contain when it comes to interactions between dogs and others.
Most people know the approximate time their postman arrives each day. Securing the dog before the carrier approaches your property will minimize dog-carrier interactions. The Postal Service advises when a postman comes to your home, keep the dogs:
• Inside the house or behind a fence;
• Away from the door or in another room;
Pet owners should also remind their children not to take mail directly from a mail carrier, as the dog may see the carrier as a threat.
In many cases, these dogs may believe they are doing their job of keeping a stranger away from their home and family. That’s no excuse for letting postmen get attacked and/or bitten while they too are trying to do their job — for us. Take all necessary precautions to ensure that postal workers AND your dogs are safe.