City of Angels’ Dogs Lead U.S. in Postal Carrier Bites

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Photographer: Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo

A 25-year veteran U.S. mail carrier on his route in Los Angeles.

Postal carriers in Los Angeles are most at risk for being bitten by dogs while doing their jobs, so much so that mail delivery may be curbed if residents don’t control dangerous mutts, the U.S. Postal Service said.

Last year, 69 mail carriers were attacked by dogs in Los Angeles, a city of about 3.8 million people, the Postal Service said today in an e-mailed statement. San Antonio and Seattle tied for second with 42 bites apiece, followed by Chicago with 41. While New York, the largest U.S. city, didn’t make the top 20, its borough of Brooklyn did with 26 bites.

“If our letter carriers deem your loose dog to be a threat, you’ll be asked to pick up your mail at the post office until it’s safe to deliver,” Ken Snavely, acting postmaster of Los Angeles, said in the statement.

The Postal Service, which delivers 528 million pieces of mail per day, offers tips to dog owners such as giving them attention so they’re socialized well and keeping them in another room or on a leash when the mail is delivered.

To contact the reporter on this story: Angela Greiling Keane in Washington at agreilingkea@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net

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