The United States Postal Service released its annual report on dog bites this afternoon. The announcement reveals that 5,669 postal employees suffered from a dog bites last year--a figure that casts a shadow over the idea that mailmen only run from dogs in cartoons. Here are the top 10 cities for dog bites:
- Houston, TX (62 letter carriers bitten)
- Columbus, OH, and San Diego, CA (45 bites each)
- Los Angeles, CA (44 bites)
- Louisville, KY (40 bites)
- San Antonio, TX, and St. Louis, MO (39 bites each)
- Cleveland, OH, and Phoenix, AZ (38 bites each)
- Minneapolis, MN, and Portland, OR (35 bites each)
- Denver, CO, and Philadelphia, PA (31 bites each)
- 9 Sacramento, CA (30 bites)
- Seattle, WA (28 bites)
The list corresponds with with National Dog Bite Prevention Week which runs from May 15 to May 21. While the Postal Service is a bit lighthearted about confirming the caricature, dog bites are serious business and injure 4.7 million Americans a year and countless pets lose their lives as a consequence. Rule number one to avoid being bitten: don't run.
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