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U.S. Postal Service: Los Angeles tops cities with most dog attacks on mail carriers

U.S. Postal Service letter carrier of 12 years,

U.S. Postal Service letter carrier of 12 years, Jamesa Euler, encounters a barking dog while delivering mail in Atlanta, Feb. 7, 2013. Credit: AP / David Goldman

There's good news for postal workers on Long Island -- you're likely in the clear from dog attacks while delivering the mail.  

According to statistics released by the U.S. Postal Service, nearly 6,000 employees were attacked by dogs in 2014. No Long Island cities were listed in the ranking of the 30 worst places for mail carrier attacks. Staten Island grabbed the 30th spot, along with 13 other areas, with 10 dog bite instances last year.

In order to bring attention to the issue and attempt to curtail the number of attacks, the USPS has continued a tradition of making the figures public in recent years.  

Los Angeles was ranked the worst city for dog attacks, with 74 in 2014. Overall, there were 5,767 dog attacks on postal employees last year, a more than 3 percent increase from 2013.

"There's a myth we often hear at the Postal Service: 'Don't worry, my dog won't bite,'" Linda DeCarlo, Postal Service manager of safety, said in a news release. "Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership."

Here are the 10 worst cities for dog attacks in 2014, according to the Postal Service, along with the number of attacks.  

1. Los Angeles (74)

2. Houston (62)

3. San Diego (47)

4. Chicago (45)

5. Dallas (43)

6. Denver and Louisville (40)

7. St. Louis (38)

8. Cleveland (37)

9. Phoenix (35)

10. Minneapolis and Philadelphia (33)

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