June 16, 2020

Post Office Kicks Off Dog Bite Awareness Week – Owensboro, KY

PAWS Program to begin

PAWS Program logo

OWENSBORO, KY – The Owensboro Post Office will promote Dog Bite Awareness Week (June 14-20, 2020) will a special presentation by the Owensboro Police K-9 Unit. The program will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. at the 54 Bon Harbor Hills location.

During Dog Bite Awareness Week, local residents may notice a paw print on their mailbox. But these prints weren’t left by a canine. They are part of the new Postal Service PAWS Program, aimed at preventing dog attacks on letter carriers.

As part of the PAWS Program, a dog paw sticker will be placed on the outside of a mailbox where there is a known dog in the immediate area. The sticker will act as a reminder to proceed with caution when the carrier approaches the area. Customers will also receive a card explaining the program.

The Owensboro Post Office will place the paw stickers on mailboxes, where appropriate. This is especially important if the carrier delivers a package to the door of the residence. A yellow sticker indicates a dog resides at the next delivery address. An orange sticker means a dog resides at that address.

Dog bite prevention efforts add an additional level of safety awareness for USPS employees, our customers, and other public service organizations. In addition to reducing the incidents of dog bites and attacks, the PAWS Program may help dog owners avoid liability in the event of an attack.

The Postal Service wants every delivery to be a safe one.

The Kentuckiana District serves ZIP Codes 400-409, 411-427 in Kentucky and 471, 476-477 in southern Indiana.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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