In a report released in the run-up to National Dog Bite Awareness Week, USPS said 5,300 postal workers were affected bitten by dogs during my work last year.
According to the report, in 2022, California had the most violent incidents between dogs and mail carriers, with 675 incidents.
Texas came in second with 404 reports and New York was not far behind with 321 bites last year.
Houston was the city with the most incidents, while Los Angeles and Dallas took second and third place.
In the report, the Post urged the public to “help us deliver your mail safely by keeping your dog safe and out of the way before your carrier arrives.”
All mail carriers are trained to respect a dog’s territory and recognize a potentially dangerous canine situation, but cannot control the environment they walk into.
A USPS spokesman urged people to be mindful of when they leave their dogs off-leash, saying, “In 2022, too many aggressive dogs were disrupting the lives of our mail delivery workers.”
“Please help us reduce that number by being a responsible pet owner, securing their dog while we deliver the mail.”