June 12, 2020
National Dog Bite Awareness Week Starts June 14
ARKANSAS — The number of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees attacked by dogs nationwide fell to 5,803 in 2019 — more than 200 fewer than in 2018 and more than 400 fewer since 2017. USPS highlights technology that helps reduce potential attacks, while releasing its annual list of cities with the most recorded dog attacks. Arkansas had a total of 45 incidents for Calendar Year 2019. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners as part of the Postal Service’s National Dog Bite Awareness Week, which runs Sunday, June 14, through Saturday, June 20.
“Even during these difficult times, it’s important for our customers to understand that letter carriers are still coming to homes daily and need to deliver mail safely,” said USPS Safety Awareness Program Manager Chris Johnson. “We are confident we can keep moving the trends of attacks downward, and ramping up overall awareness for everyone is the best way to do that.”
Tips and Technology
According to Johnson, technology supports carrier safety in two ways: Mobile Delivery Devices, handheld scanners used by carriers to confirm customer delivery, include a feature to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address. And the Informed Delivery service alerts customers to mail and packages coming to their homes, allowing them to plan for the carrier’s arrival by securing dogs safely. Customers can receive more information and sign up for Informed Delivery at informeddelivery.usps.com.
The Postal Service offers the following safety tips:
2019 Dog Attack Rankings by City
A total of 5,803 USPS employees were attacked by dogs in 2019. The top 20 rankings comprise 31 cities, as some cities reported the same number of attacks:
Top 10 Dog Bite States:
For more data related to your area, contact your local USPS Corporate Communications professional.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.