Portland 9th-worst in mail carrier attacks by dogs

Houston the worst city for dog attacks in 2015

A US Postal worker delivers mail (July 5, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
A US Postal worker delivers mail (July 5, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It was a bad year for mail carriers getting bitten by dogs.

The US Postal Service annual report for 2015 showed Portland was the 9th-worst city for mail carriers being attacked by dogs. Last year, there were 41 dog attacks reported, up from 31 (and the number 11 spot) in 2014.

Houston took over the worst-city rank (77 attacks, up from 63.) San Diego and Cleveland tied for 2nd, followed by a Chicago-Dallas tie, then LA (formerly the worst city), Louisville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Columbus, Portland and Fort Worth-San Antonio.

In all, 6549 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2015. A total of 51 cities made the Top 30 list (many cities reported ties.)

The postal service has 2 new safety measures taking effect: Customers are asked to say if there is a dog at the address, and a mobile-delivery scanner will alert mail carriers if a dog is at the address.

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