June 4, 2024

U.S. Postal Service Invites Media to Dog Bite Prevention Event

National Dog Bite Awareness Week June 2 – 9

Dog Bite Prevention


Denver Letter Carriers will be available to talk to media about their experience with dogs while on their delivery route and give consumer information on how to keep dogs from attacking delivery drivers, service personnel and others. There will also be a demonstration of how we train Letter Carriers how to protect themselves from aggressive dogs.

More than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2023.


Denver Letter Carriers Tanya Magnus and Joey Sorich, along with Safety Manager Rasool Daoud will offer helpful advice for preventing dog attacks along with other safety procedures that customers can employ to prevent animal encounters.


Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 8:45 A.M.


Denver, Alcott Post Office, located at 3700 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212


Please contact USPS Strategic Communications Specialist James Boxrud at James.N.Boxrud@usps.gov


More than 5,800 Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs while delivering the mail last year. Aggressive dog behavior is a common safety concern USPS employees face. To keep its workers safe, the organization is providing important information on how dog owners can be good stewards for safe mail delivery as part of its annual National Dog Bite Awareness Week public service campaign.

The campaign runs Sunday, June 2, through Saturday, June 9. This year’s theme is “Don’t bite the hand that serves you.” Spread the news of the campaign with the hashtag #dogbiteawareness.

Pet Owners Can Help Support Safe Mail Delivery

Mail carriers know all dogs can bite, even those perceived as nonaggressive. Dogs are generally protective of their turf and dog owners have an important responsibility to control them to ensure safe mail delivery.

Most people know the approximate time their letter carrier arrives every day. Securing your dog before the carrier approaches your property will minimize any potentially dangerous interactions.

When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep dogs:

  • Inside the house or behind a fence;
  • Away from the door or in another room; or
  • On a leash.

Pet owners also should remind children not to take mail directly from a letter carrier as the dog may view the carrier as a threat to the child.

The Victims

Many attacks reported by letter carriers came from dogs whose owners regularly stated, “My dog won’t bite.” Dog bites are entirely preventable. One bite is one too many.

Being Attentive While Delivering

Letter carriers are trained to observe an area where they know dogs may be present. They are taught to be alert for potentially dangerous conditions and to respect a dog’s territory.

Letter carriers are trained to:

  • Not startle a dog;
  • Keep their eyes on any dog;
  • Never assume a dog will not bite;
  • Make some noise or rattle a fence to alert a dog if entering a yard;
  • Never attempt to pet or feed a dog; and
  • place their foot against an outward swinging door to prevent a dog from escaping.

If a dog attacks, carriers are also trained to stand their ground and protect their body by placing something between them and the dog — such as a mail satchel — and to use dog repellent, if necessary.

Even though postal officials ask customers to control their dogs, bites still happen and may result in injuries to carriers and costly medical expenses for dog owners. Please heed the above best practices to help stop dog bites and protect your mail carrier.

Carriers have tools to alert them to dogs on their routes. A dog alert feature on carriers’ handheld scanners can remind them of a possible dog hazard, and dog warning cards may be used during mail sorting to alert carriers to routes where a dog may interfere with delivery.

Lastly, when a carrier feels unsafe, mail service could be halted — not only for the dog owner, but for the entire neighborhood. When mail service is stopped, mail must be picked up at the Post Office. Service will not be restored until the aggressive dog is properly restrained.



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