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DENVER — Denver landed at number eight on a listed compiled by the United States Postal Service that ranks the worst cities in the nation for dog attacks and bites.

More than 5,581 postal service employees were attacked by dogs in 2013, 41 of which where Denver workers, according to Denver postmaster Mark Talbott.

The 2013 rankings were as follows:

  1. Houston, Texas
  2. Los Angeles, California
  3. Cleveland, Ohio
  4. Sand Diego, California
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. Baltimore, Maryland
  7. Dallas, Texas
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Columbus, Ohio
  10. Kansas City, Missouri

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually. About half of that number accounts for children and about 885,000 require medical attention.

Denver mail carrier Brian Bogle said dogs have presented obstacles to him in the past while on duty.

Two years ago, two dogs broke through the window of a residence to attack Bogle, he said. He hid from the animals on a porch while he contacted local law enforcement for help.

“The dog feels we are invading its territory and will do anything to protect its property,” said Bogle. “Meanwhile, we are trying to serve the public while delivering their mail.”

In an effort to diminish the number of attacks in future years, the U.S. Postal Service, medical experts, veterinarians and insurance companies have partnered up and declared May 18 through 24 as National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the goal of the awareness week is to “educate the public that dog bites are avoidable.”

The U.S. Postal Service offered pet owners several tips on how to protect their local carriers:

  • If your dog is loose in a fenced yard, place your mailbox outside the fence and beyond the reach of the animal.
  • If your mail carrier delivers a package to your home, place the dog in a separate room where it cannot see the carrier before opening the door to accept your mail — dogs have been known to bust through screen or plate-glass doors to get at strangers.
  • Parents, remind your children to not accept mail directly from the carrier in the presence of a house pet because the animal may see this action as a threat to the child.
  • Obedience training can teach dogs appropriate behavior and help owners control their animals in any situation.
  • Take precautions when accepting mail directly from a carrier in front of a pet.
  • When a mail carrier approaches your home, keep the dog inside, away from the door, in another room or on a leash.
  • Socialize your dog. Animals who receive little attention or are left tied up for long periods of time can turn into biters.

“Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership,” said Talbott. “Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem.”


  • Chef David Edelstein M

    Very interesting… Despite the city of Denver’s 25 year old Lie (aka Pit Bull ban), the city makes the top ten cities in America where a postal carriers and home service providers are being attacked / bitten by dogs. Whats even more interesting is city leaders wont think twice about NOT taking this information under advisement when it comes to the continued enforcement of their ban.

    It doesnt take a 1st grade education to conclude that Denver’s ban has nothing to do with public safety or dogs at all… rather, a 25 year old cover-up of the city’s own negligence and egotistical legislation / re-election agenda keeps the ban going to this day.

    And this is just about dogs… what about the even more important issues/ corruption going on? Did someone say city council recall?

    • Karen Batchelor

      Hmmmm, now where have we seen this result before…oh, that’s right! The 23 year old breed ban in the U.K. which everyone from the RSPCA, BVA, and everyone with half a clue and respectable qualifications has been calling out for all these years.

      So what is it with those who can’t admit it’s wrong, it doesn’t work, it costs a bomb, it kills a bunch of innocent dogs and it makes the situation very much worse?

      Time to call time on officials who can’t admit they’ve stuffed up and get rid of them. They’ve killed enough dogs…and people, already.

    • Janaina D Cottrell

      Lisa, I was going to say the same thing! Thanks to all the smart commenters on here. We’ll win this fight one day. People will start to open their eyes one day…

  • Gwen Lebec

    The headline uses the word “attack” but they really mean BITES. Denver still has a lot of dog bites – and that is very bad. But they don’t have maulings or fatalities since they got the pit bull problem under control. We have to quit confusing these very, very different results.

    • avexcellence

      Except Denver has averaged 3.8 hospitalizations per 100,000 people from dog bite while the state average is 2.5 over the last 15 years or so. You should look up the fact T’s before you post speculation.

  • Dawn

    Seems to me, a certain “group” of people have egg on their face….And you are not an advocate for any child or person when you admit that it’s of for a place to be one of the top 10 for dog “bites”, verses “maulings”….Gwen Lebec, you are the exact example of why BSL is failing everywhere!!

  • Test

    Breed specific problems vs stupid humans are separate issues. Sure dog bites are first and foremost a people problem, the severity of the bites though, is a breed related problem.

    When a negligent owner has a cocker spaniel it creates one sort of problem, when the same person owns a Rottweiler, German Shephard or a bull terrier the problem is compounded dramatically.

    • Jamie

      So it makes ok for that cocker spainel to bite just because it doesnt do damage like large dog can? This is the mentality that gets people bit. To say one dog is safer than another because the damage that could be inflicted isnt the same, doesnt make it ok for any dog to bite.

  • Dog lover

    David Well said. Exactly what I was going to Say.
    And it is true a certain pit bull hating group is eating crow this very minute. This proves that ALL Dogs bite, ANY dog can be considered dangerous, not just pit bull terriors, and BSL does NOT work.
    Time to out with the old and in with some new representation in Denver.

  • Todd InVancouver

    great idea, lets Murder all the Pit Bulls and blame them for the problem. What now Denver?? you look like idiots with your genocide and killing but the issue goes on so why don’t you stop being so Bull Headed and listen to the experts in this matter and fix the problem. there is lots of help but you need to end the BSL and start thinking and acting with science and logic or it will just keep going on. Look up Calgary Model regarding dog control and move out of acting like its the 1,800’s and you can shoot and kill your way out of problems.

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