Top 10 Cities with Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

The Post Office is having a pretty tough time these days, what with running billion dollar deficits, worries over funding employee pensions, dropping Saturday mail delivery, then having that reversed by Congress.

But one of the oldest problems for postal workers still rears its ugly head. Well, sometimes it might be a pretty cute head.

In advance of National Dog Bite Awareness Week, the U.S. Postal Service has released its list of cities with the most dog attacks. Here are the top 10 along with the number of documented attacks:

1. Los Angeles, 69

2. San Antonio, 42

3. Seattle, 42

4. Chicago, 41

5. San Francisco, 38

6. Philadelphia, 34

7. Detroit, 33

8. St. Louis, 32

9. Baltimore, 29

10. Sacramento, 29

While as a dog owner, the worst case scenario would be to have your dog seriously injure, or God forbid kill someone, there is another much less serious, inconvenient consequence.

“If your 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,” said acting Los Angeles postmaster Ken Snavely.

Last year, close to 5,900 letter carriers were attacked. The problem is at a much larger scale when you look at the population as a whole. Nearly five million Americans are bit by dogs every year. What’s worse, half of those are children.

While dogs can be provoked, often unintentionally, the report gives a few simple tips for dog owners:

  • Obedience training teaches your dog proper behavior and can help you control them in potentially hostile situations.
  • Dogs can be protective and territorial, which means they may interpret the actions of letter carriers as a threat. As such, take precautions when accepting mail from them with your dog present. When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door, in another room, or on a leash.
  • Treat your dogs the way they need to be treated, or you may be creating a hostile animal. Make sure are socialized correctly, get enough attention, and are not left tied-up for long periods of time.

Also see:

Why Dogs Bite

5 Ways to Save Money on Pet Expenses


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Jason, for Sharing this!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Jane Williams
Jane Williams4 years ago

My hubby as a carrier for 20 years in Philadelphia never got bit even on a new route. He would buy dog treats and hand them out. All the dogs would look forward to the mailman. I think USPS should provide them.

Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly4 years ago

My dog barks when the phone rings,when the doorbell rings,when she sees a stranger,and when some family member who's been gone for more than an hour returns..I've been asked,"that's just 1 dog? it sounds like at least 3 or 4." I can't get her to stop after 9 years so even thou she scares UPS,the mail person and Fed ex, she's just so excited she's a natural alarm. I yell at her to go to the kennel and sometimes she goes but not always. If I'm lucky,she just sits on the second stair and watches. But usually,she runs outside.Ups and USPS are cool now and just pick her up while I sign for the package. She weighs 8 pounds and loves everyone.

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BJ J4 years ago

Don't be a mail carrier in these cities.

Bill and Katie D.

Yes, the one's that have given the postman problems, take care of the dog or the mail won't be delivered again you come pick it up! Safer that way!
Thank You for the article!

Lydia Weissmuller Price

Many dogs fear or dislike a person in any type of uniform or costume.

JackieLynn D.
Jackie I4 years ago

Thanks for the info and stay safe Linda ( my postwoman).