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.”
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.