WASHINGTON (KYTX)— As a prelude to a news conference tomorrow to kick-off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service released its top 30 dog attack city rankings and offered tips to reduce dog attacks to letter carriers. Nationwide, 5,581 postal employees were attacked last year.
Tomorrow's 10:30 a.m. ET, event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, will include letter carriers recounting their dog attacks and feature pit bull therapy dog Elle, the American Humane Association's 2013 Hero Dog of the Year. Veterinarians and representatives of the medical community will provide tips on dog attack prevention and responsible pet ownership. Representatives from the insurance industry will discuss dog bite claims and homeowner liability. Internationally-renowned dog trainer, author, and television personality Victoria Stilwell and Kelly Voigt, a dog attack victim, will join Elle and her handler Leah Brewer in a dog safety demonstration.
The U.S. Postal Service, the medical community, veterinarians and the insurance industry are working together to educate the public that dog bites are avoidable by declaring May 18-24 as National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
2013 Dog Attack Rankings by City
(Note: A total of 5,581 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2013. Sixty two cities comprise the top 30 rankings as some cities reported the same number of attacks.)
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.