Minnesota Nice must get lost in translation to some species – both Minneapolis and St. Paul ranked in the top 30 cities in dog attacks on postal workers, the Postal Service announced.
All told, 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs in the country last year.
Minneapolis was tied with Baltimore with 30 attacks on postal workers, but marked a nine percent decrease from 2014.
St. Paul, which tied for 21st place with San Jose, CA and Albuquerque, NM, saw an increase of 300 percent after a year with 24 dog attacks compared to six in 2014.
“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston, where postal employees suffered 77 attacks, more than any other city.
Encouraging safety for all ages
During the presentation of the findings, DeCarlo also announced a new safety measures to alert USPS Carriers of dogs on their delivery routes.
Starting on Friday on USPS.com's package pickup application, customers will be asked to indicate if there is a dog at their address when they schedule a package pickup.
The Postal Service, as well as State Farm Insurance and the American Humane Association among others were in Houston to kick-off National Bite Prevention Week, which runs this Sunday to Saturday, May 21 and were encouraging education to help prevent dog attacks to people of all ages.
The CDC reported that of the 4.5 million dog bites annually, half of all victims are children.
The Postal Service also offered helpful tips to prevent future attacks:
- If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
- Dog owners should keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
- The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained.