Buffalo drops out of top dog attack rankings

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB) – The U.S. Postal Service says Buffalo did not make this year’s ranking of top 30 cities for dog attacks against letter carriers.

Buffalo dropped from 24 dog attacks in 2012 when it ranked number 11, to 10 dog attacks in 2013.

While the decline in dog bites is encouraging, the Postal Service says dog attacks continue to be a concern for all carriers. Nationwide, 5,581 postal employees were attacked in 2013. The Postal service counts 50 of those attacks in the greater Western New York area.

The Postal Service recommends that a dog owner place his or her dog in a separate, closed room before opening the door to a letter carrier. It urges parents to remind children about the importance of keeping the family dog secured. And children should not take mail from a letter carrier in the presence of the family dog, as that may be viewed by the dog as a threatening gesture.

Houston, Texas, ranked number one for dog attacks in 2013 with 63 attacks on letter carriers. Los Angeles was second with 61.

A dog owner may be held liable for medical bills and other costs associated with an attack on a letter carrier. The Insurance Information Institute reports the average insurance claim involving a dog is almost $30,000.

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