City with most dog attacks on postal carriers? Houston

City with most dog attacks on postal carriers? Houston

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by USA Today

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 6:34 PM

What city had the most canine attacks on carriers last year? Houston, according to the latest U.S. Postal Service rankings, with 63 dog attacks on postal carriers.

Following Houston were Los Angeles, Cleveland, San Diego and Chicago, the postal service found.

Nearly 5,600 postal employees were attacked by a dog last year.

"There's a myth we often hear at the Postal Service. Don't worry — my dog won't bite," said Linda DeCarlo, postal service manager of safety, in a statement. "Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem."

Mail carriers aren't the only victims of dog bites. Nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some tips from USPS to prevent getting attacked: Don't run past a dog because its instinct is to chase you. And if you get knocked down by a dog, curl into a ball.

The 10 cities with the most dog attacks on mail carriers

1. Houston

2. Los Angeles

3. Cleveland

4. San Diego

5. Chicago

6. Baltimore

7. Dallas

8. Denver

9. Columbus, Ohio

10. Kansas City, Mo.

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