Baltimore is definitely not the prime place to be a United States Postal Service worker! In fact, it’s the eighth worst city in the country, if we’re talking dog-bite likelihood… New figures show that we rank number eight nationally for the most mail carriers attacked annually. No wonder the USPS is a partner in National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is sponsored every third week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association and others. From May 19-25, AVMA is offering tips and resources for remedying the situation. Learn some smart and quick suggestions after the jump.

“Dogs are wonderful, intelligent and loyal creatures, but they depend on responsible owners to teach them how to behave around people,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite. The AVMA has a multitude of educational resources and experts available to help individuals and community groups understand how they can help prevent dog bites.”

Simple preventive tips directly from the AVMA:

●Don’t run past a dog. Dogs naturally love to chase and catch things.

●Never disturb a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.

●If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.

●If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don’t scream or yell. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. Don’t turn and run.

●If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.

The USPS released its 2012 Postal Service Dog Attack City Rankings in conjunction with AVMA’s efforts. Here’s the rundown. You’ll note that we tied with Sacramento for the unenviable number-eight spot.

1) Los Angeles, Calif.—69 attacks on postal workers

2) San Antonio, Texas and Seattle, Wash.—42 attacks apiece

3) Chicago, Ill.—41 attacks

4) San Francisco, Calif.—38 attacks

5) Philadelphia, Pa.—34 attacks

6) Detroit, Mich.—33 attacks

7) St. Louis, Mo.—32 attacks

8) Baltimore, Md. and Sacramento, Calif.—29 attacks apiece

9) Houston, Texas and Minneapolis, Minn.—27 attacks apiece

10) Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio—26 attacks apiece

11) Buffalo and Brooklyn, N.Y.—24 attacks apiece

12) Denver, Colo.—23 attacks

13) Dallas, Texas and Tacoma, Wash.—21 attacks apiece

14) Wichita, Kan.—20 attacks

If you’d like to learn more, the AVMA offers extensive information on preventing dog bites on its website, including brochures, a video, The Blue Dog Parent Guide and CD, podcasts and many other materials to teach folks of all ages how to prevent dog bites.

One reply on “Reality “Bites” for Baltimore Postal Carriers”

  1. Hello, Newman…….. That being said, I have a terrific mail lady who carries dog treats with her — seems like a good strategy — but I’m happy to have all the other safety precautions/recommendations listed as well, and I’m thrilled to have yet another reason to be proud of my city..

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