US Postal Services Reveal Shocking Number Of Dog Attacks On Postal Employees: Is Online Shopping Boom Responsible?
Dogs usually evoke the emotion of love and care in humans. However, man's best friend may not elicit the same response from postal service workers in the United States, because of the growing number of dog attacks.
In 2016, roughly 6,755 postal workers fell prey to dog attacks in the United States. This number has increased from 6,549 in 2015 and is currently, the highest in the last thirty years.
The rise in dog attacks on U.S. Postal Service workers is being attributed to the increase in online shopping.
Online Shopping Responsible For Rise In Dog Attacks?
The dog attack numbers on postmen have reportedly increased since the boom in online shopping. Increase in online shopping may have led to an economic growth for ecommerce firms in the United States, but the same does not hold true for a postal worker in the country.
The increasing demand of online products has led to package delivery to homes almost all throughout the week, exposing postal service workers to more dog bites. According to USPS, it is not uncommon for a dog to see the postal service worker as a threat to the pet owner.
"Even good dogs have bad days," noted Linda DeCarlos, director of USPS.
USPS Dog Bite Report
On Thursday, April 6, the USPS released a report stating the number of dog attack that took place in 2016. The report was released prior to the National Dog Bite Prevention Week and it reveals that this is a major problem for letter and parcel carriers. It is unlikely that the dog attack problem being faced by postal workers will be solved soon.
The report lists Los Angeles at the top with the most number of dog attacks to its name. In 2016, at least 80 letter carriers were reported to be bitten by dogs in Los Angeles.
Big cities like Chicago and Houston also made it to the top 10 in the list, along with smaller cities such as Louisville and Cleveland.
With 60 attacks, Cleveland came in third for the most number of dog bites. Louisville was ranked fifth with 51 dog attacks to its credit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, estimates that roughly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year.
Measures To Prevent Dog Attacks
DeCarlo stresses on the importance of training pet dogs so that they do not bite. This will ensure safety of not only those visiting the home, such as the letter carriers, but also the pet owners.
She further requests owners to tie up their dogs in a separate room before opening the door to collect mail. She also cautioned individuals to refrain from taking mail from the postal service worker directly in front of the dog, as the pet could interpret it as a threatening gesture and may attack the worker.
To counter the problem of dog attacks, the use of drones to make deliveries rather than a postal worker may be a possible solution. Companies such as Amazon are mulling over opening their own drone delivery service. If this technology gets implemented, it will surely be good news for letter carriers.
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