The United States Postal Service reports that 6,700 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year, 200 more than the year before.
Los Angeles is a “ruff” place to deliver mail as its total of 80-bites for the year top the list.
Buffalo was the worst in New York, with 28 bite attacks, one more than Brooklyn’s 27.
USPS encourages homeowners to put their dogs in a separate room when the mail arrives. More and more, postal workers are delivering packages on the weekend, out of the routine, and that can catch pet owners by surprise.
There were no reported dog bites of postal workers here in Cortland, Homer or Ithaca this year.
Mail carriers appreciate pet owners’ efforts to control their animals. and remind, if you don’t restrain your animal, you may not get your mail delivered.
If a dog becomes a recurring threat, the postal service may require you to pick up your mail instead of it being delivered.