Dogs attacking mail carriers: Cleveland ties for 2nd in USA

dog-1377942202NxQThe United States Post Office has released its annual list of worst 30 cities for dog attacks — and Cleveland is tied with San Diego for second place. In fact, the number of dog bite injuries affecting our city’s mail carriers rose dramatically over last year’s report, from 37 in 2014 to 58 in 2015.

USPS 2015 worst dog attack cities

Ranking City, State 2015 Dog Attacks
1 Houston, TX 77
2 San Diego, CA
Cleveland, OH
3 Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
4 Los Angeles, CA 56
5 Louisville, KY 51
6 Kansas City, MO 46
7 Philadelphia, PA 44
8 Columbus, OH 43
9 Portland, OR 41
10 Fort Worth, TX
San Antonio, TX

This year another of our neighboring Ohio cities was unfortunately in the top ten. Columbus took the eighth-place position Cleveland held last year.

Also among the top 30 both years were Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo. Akron is the only Ohio city from last year’s top 30 that fell off the list this year.

How can you help prevent dog bite injuries?

The USPS released its announcement in conjunction with National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which inspired my previous post about tips for preventing dog attacks. The press release encouraged everyone to share the same safety tips as last year to lessen the chance that you, your mail carrier, or your houseguests will be bitten by a dog:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs sometimes burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
  • Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the postal service may ask the owner to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is sure the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the postal service may ask the pet owner’s neighbors to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.

New dog bite safety measures

The postal service also announced two new safety measures to alert mailmen and women of dogs on their delivery routes:

  • The first went into effect May 13 on’s Package Pickup application. The USPS will ask customers to indicate if there is a dog at their address when they schedule a package pickup.
  • The second goes into effect later this spring. Have you ever noticed the mobile devices that letter carriers use to scan packages and confirm delivery? Now those devices will allow carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address. This is especially helpful to substitutes who fill-in for letter carriers on their days off.

Legal action

For legal advice about a dog bite injuries case, please give me a call for a free consultation.

Photo credit