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SUBJECT: Dog Attack and Dog Bite Prevention and Publicity Kit for Postmasters

From nips to bites to actual attacks, violent dog behavior continues to pose a serious threat to our employees. Last year, more than 3,000 employees were victimized by dogs. While this is a slight decline from the previous year, it's still a far cry from the 7,000 plus annual dog incidents of the mid-1990s when the Postal Service assertively began promoting National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

This year's National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 16-22. Using the tools in this Publicity Kit for Postmasters will go far to tell our employees that their safety is our number one concern.

Enclosed you will find materials you need to make the most of Dog-Bite Prevention Week in your community — from educating your employees to holding a press conference. We urge you to take full advantage of our field communications professionals in assisting you with this initiative. They look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!

Azeezaly S. Jaffer
Vice President
Public Affairs and Communications

Patrick R. Donahoe
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

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