June 12, 2020
National Dog Bite Awareness Week Starts June 14
Fort Lauderdale, FL — The number of U.S. Postal Service 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. For Postal Service officials and mail carriers, one bite is one too many.
In South Florida, which includes nine counties (Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St.Lucie), 74 carriers were attacked in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019) with an additional 38 incidents from October 1, 2019 to date.
The theme for the 2020 U.S. Postal Service National Dog Bite Awareness Week, June 14-20, is “Be Alert: Prevent the Bite.” The campaign addresses aggressive dog behaviors that pose serious threats to the more than 80,000 Postal Service employees delivering mail and how communities they serve can play an integral part in their safety.
“During this difficult time, our letter carriers are delivering mail and they need to do it safely,” said Acting South Florida District Manager Juan Gonzalez. “We can continue to move the number of dog attacks downward by increasing awareness.”
According to Gonzalez, technology supports carrier safety in two ways: Mobile Delivery Devices, handheld scanners used by carriers to confirm customer delivery, now include a feature to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address; and Informed Delivery, which alerts customers to mail and packages coming to their homes, allows customers to plan for the carrier’s arrival by securing dogs safely.
The Postal Service offers the following safety tips for dog owners:
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