June 17, 2020
National Dog Bite Awareness Week June 14 – June 20
Grand Rapids MI — 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. The Postal Service has new technology tools to help reduce dog attacks.
In the Greater Michigan District (zip code 3 digit areas 486-491 and 493-499) for FY2019 81 carriers were attacked. So far for Fiscal Year 2020 28 carriers have been attacked by dogs.
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 Greater Michigan District Manager, Krista Finazzo. “We can continue to move the number of dog attacks downward by increasing awareness.”
The U.S. Postal Service has a video promoting Dog Bite Awareness, go to dog bite video.
The Postal Service offers the following safety tips for dog owners:
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.