USPS Holds Dog Bite Prevention Training
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) — The United States Postal Service in North Platte held dog bite prevention training for its employees on Wednesday.
According to the latest figures from the USPS, more than 5,400 postal workers were attacked by dogs in the United States last year.
On Wednesday, local postal workers received special training on how to handle dog attacks under Nebraska State Patrol Trooper James McKain.
“I don’t think all dogs are meant to bite and I don’t think they want to bite,” Cavalier McKain said. “I think biting or using your mouth or claws or something or even barking is purely defensive. In their minds, it’s protection because it’s the only thing they have to protect themselves.
It’s a hard-hitting message for a North Platte woman who was bitten by a dog nearly 11 years ago while delivering mail.
“7-11-11 I will never forget the date that is easy to remember, 11 years ago,” said Tandi Ashburn.
While trainings like this seem to be working, she hopes owners will continue to do their part to keep her and her colleagues safe.
“That’s what sometimes brings you to a loose dog running around the neighborhood,” Ashburn said. “If there’s a loose dog in the neighborhood, you just don’t deliver the whole block. Obviously, unless it’s dog friendly, but you don’t know that.
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