Dogs attacking mailmen isn't just a worn-out joke from 1950s sitcoms. It actually happens a lot. In fact, in 2014 alone, 5,767 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States. To highlight the problem, the U.S. Postal Service just released data on the 30 cities with the most attacks — and Miami came in at number 15.
There were 25 attacks on postal carriers in 2014 in Miami, which ties it with Wichita, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth.
Miami was the highest-ranking Florida city on the list. Orlando came in 26th with 14 attacks, while Fort Lauderdale was ranked 29th with 11 attacks.
Naturally, the USPS released the numbers in a bid to spread awareness about responsible pet ownership.
“There’s a myth we often hear at the Postal Service: Don’t worry, my dog won’t bite,” Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo said in a statement. “Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite, and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership.”
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Among the tips the USPS wishes dog owners would follow:
- Placing your dog in a separate room with the closed door before opening the front door for a mail carrier.
- Reminding people to tell their children to be aware of the family dog and not to take mail from a letter carrier in the dog's presence.
- Reminding people that if a postal employee feels repeatedly threatened by a pet, they will ask a person to pick up his or her mail at a post office until the situation is fixed.
As for the city that took top dishonors for the most mail-carrier maulings, that would be Los Angeles. The sprawling city had 74 dog-on-mailman incidents in 2014. Houston was second with 62 attacks.