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Minneapolis dogs were kinder to mail carriers last year

There were more than 6,000 dog attacks nationwide last year.

Often passed off as a fun stereotype, dog attacks are no joke for mail carriers of the United States Postal Service. 

The good news is that dog attacks were down both nationally and in Minneapolis from 2016 to 2017, according to the annual dog attack rankings published by the USPS

A total of 6,244 postal workers were attacked by dogs in 2017, which is down from 6,755 in 2016. In Minneapolis, there were just 27 attacks, ranking 14th among major U.S. cities. 

Minneapolis ranked 10th in 2016 with 43 attacks. 

Here are the top 10 dog attack cities from last year. 

  1. Houston - 71
  2. Los Angeles - 67
  3. St. Louis - 52
  4. Cleveland - 49
  5. San Diego - 46
  6. Baltimore/San Antonio - 44
  7. Columbus - 43
  8. Dallas - 40
  9. Lousiville - 39
  10. Chicago - 38

Part of the reason attacks are down is thanks to scanners that inform postal workers which homes have dogs. 

“The scanners that our carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for them to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo said in a press release.

"This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off."

According to Animal Humane Society, approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year, with more than 800,000 cases requiring medical attention – more than half of those being children. 

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