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Postal Service: Wichita the 14th worst city for dog attacks last year

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 3:11 p.m.

Letter carriers in Wichita were at greater risk from dog attacks last year than those in most cities, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

Wichita was the 14th worst city in the nation, with 20 dog attacks on postal workers in 2012, according to rankings released Wednesday by the Postal Service.

Los Angeles topped the list with 69 attacks. San Antonio and Seattle tied for second with 42.

Dallas and Tacoma, Wash., ranked just above of Wichita with 21 attacks.

The rankings were released ahead of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is May 19-25.

The Postal Service considers an “attack” as an incident where a dog either bit a carrier or leapt at a carrier and caused another injury.

The USPS advises that dogs be kept in a separate room with the door closed when a letter carrier approaches a house because dogs have been known to jump through glass or screen doors.

Nationwide, 5,879 postal employees were bitten or attacked last year, the USPS said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually, more than half of them children.

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