Mail carriers looking to avoid dangerous encounters from dogs may want to take heed of the latest announcement from the United States Postal Service (USPS). The organization revealed its list of top dog attack cities, and Houston, Texas, was on top with a whopping 62 letter carriers attacked throughout 2010.
The announcement comes before Dog Bite Awareness Week, which is slated for May 15 through 21. According to the USPS, injuries from dog bites cost the organization more than $1.2 million last year, and dog attacks accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims last year.
Behind Houston, was was San Diego and Columbus, Ohio, both of which had 45 bites each. Los Angeles was in third with 44, and Louisville, Kentucky and San Antonio, Texas rounded out the top five.
Of course, postal workers aren't the only ones threatened by aggressive canines. Runners, walkers or anybody else looking to protect themselves from dog bites may want to buy pepper spray. When discharged in the face of an animal, the device can make it difficult for them to see and breathe.