The U.S. Postal Service has tips to make sure your dog doesn't hurt anyone.


Cleveland is making the list of cities where postal workers encounter the most dog attacks.

And it's pretty high on that list, ranking at number three.

The U.S. Postal Service releases the list each year to bring awareness to the challenges workers face, and offer tips on how to reduce dog attacks.

Nationwide, dogs attacked 5,581 postal employees in 2013.

Fifty-eight of those attacks happened in Cleveland, which ranks behind Houston and Los Angeles, but higher than San Diego and Chicago.

That's compared to 2012, when Cleveland ranked tenth on the list.

Here are some tips from the U.S. Postal Service to prevent dog attacks:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the 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 remind their children about the need to 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 see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
  • 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. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner's neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.

USPS has ranked the cities with the most dog attacks. Below is the list of cities, followed by the number of dog attacks in 2013.

  1. Houston, TX – 63
  2. Los Angeles, CA – 61
  3. Cleveland, OH – 58
  4. San Diego, CA – 53
  5. Chicago, IL – 47
  6. Baltimore, MD – 46
  7. Dallas, TX – 45
  8. Denver, CO – 41
  9. Columbus, OH – 39
  10. Kansas City, MO – 33
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