June 12, 2020
National Dog Bite Awareness Week Starts June 14
CHARLOTTE, NC — 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. In Charlotte, there were 21 attacks in 2019 compared with 32 in 2018 and 27 in 2017.
“While there has been a decrease in dog attacks in recent years, one bite is one too many,” said Acting Charlotte Postmaster Walter Rowland. “Safety is a top priority for the Postal Service and we are asking customers to help keep our carriers safe from dog attacks.”
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 Postal Service Safety Awareness Program Manager Chris Johnson. “We can continue to move the number of dog attacks downward by increasing awareness.”
The Postal Service has new technology tools to help reduce dog attacks, including Mobile Delivery Devices and Informed Delivery.
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.