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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It’s National Dog Bite Prevention week and the Postal Service wants to remind people of some precautions to take.
In 2017, there were 40 dog bites involving a postal service carrier in the state of New Mexico making it 32nd overall in the United States. 22 of those cases were in Albuquerque alone.
In total there were 6,244 cases of dog bites of postal service carriers last year. While that number seems high, USPS officials say that’s more than 500 fewer cases than in 2016.
“We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”
Houston, Texas was found to have the highest amount of dog bite cases involving mail carriers with 71 bites reported last year and 62 the year prior.
The Postal Service has been working on ways to cut down on the number of dog bite incidents, using technology to alert carriers to the presence of dogs on their routes. The Package Pickup application on USPS.com asks customers to indicate whether there are dogs at their residence. The information is then provided to carriers delivering mail in that area.
As a part of National Dog Bite Prevention week, the postal service is also reminding residents of the following:
Place dogs in a separate room and close the door prior to opening the front door for a carrier. Parents and guardians, remind children not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family dog as the animal may see it as a threat. If a carrier feels threatened, residents may be asked to pick up mail from the local Post Office until the carrier is ensured the pet is no longer a threat.