Cleveland Ranks 4th in Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

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U.S. Postal Service

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Postal Service has released a report on the top 25 cities in dog attacks. Cleveland ranks in 4th place.

According to the report, 44 of about 5,600 Cleveland postal workers were bitten by a dog in 2011. Postmaster of Cleveland Spencer Hsu says any animal has the potential to attack.

“Given the right circumstances, any dog can attack. Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Working with animal behavior experts, we’ve developed tips to avoid dog attacks, and for dog owners, tips for practicing responsible pet ownership.” says Hsu.

Los Angeles took the top spot in dog bites with 83 attacks, while Dayton, Ohio tied Detroit, Michigan for 15th place with 25 in 2011. Cincinnati, Ohio tied with Oakland and San Jose, California in 16th place with 24 in 2011.

The U.S. Postal Service released the findings during National Dog Bite Prevention Week to raise awareness among pet owners. The week runs May 19th through the 25th.

According to the Centers for Disease control about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and half of those bitten are children.

The report comes as Ohio changes its “vicious” animal law.