Denver 8th in U.S. for dog attacks on mail carriers

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Delivering the mail in Denver can be dangerous.

According to the United States Postal Service, Denver ranks eighth in the nation for dog attacks on postal employees, based on the number of attacks reported in 2011.

According to USPS spokesman David Rupert, 35 mail carries were attacked in Denver last year.

“‘Don’t worry – my dog won’t bite’ is often heard by our letter carriers before they’re attacked,” said Mark Talbott, postmaster of Denver. “Given the right circumstances, any dog can attack. Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem.”

The USPS says letter carriers fearing for their safety due to a loose or unrestrained pet may stop delivery and ask homeowners to pick up their mail at the Post Office until the pet is restrained. In cases where a carrier sees a dog roaming and can’t discern where it resides, delivery could be interrupted to the entire neighborhood.

2011 USPS Dog Attack Rankings:

  1. Los Angeles – 83 attacks
  2. San Diego – 68
  3. Houston – 47
  4. Cleveland – 44
  5. Dallas – 41
  6. San Antonio – 39
  7. Phoenix – 36
  8. Denver and Sacramento – 35
  9. Minneapolis and St. Louis – 32
  10. Louisville, Kentucky – 31

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