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Seattle Second Worst City For Dog Attacks On Mail Carriers

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(CBS Seattle/AP) —Here’s a warning to postal carriers in Seattle- this is one of the worst cities in the country for dog attacks.

The U.S. Postal Service says 42 letter carriers were attacked by dogs in Seattle last year, tying for second place with San Antonio. Los Angeles was the worst with 69 attacks.

Our area was redeemed a little thanks to Tacoma’s rank as one of the cities with the fewest attacks, 21. Wichita, Kansas had just 20 attacks.

According to the Postal Service, nearly 5,900 postal workers were attacked last year. It is a small percentage of the 4.7 million Americans who are bitten by dogs every year, but it’s significant. The agency says if a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, your mail might not get delivered. Customers may then be required to pick up any mail at the post office.

The USPS released the rankings in time for National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts Monday.

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