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WICHITA, Kansas — About 5,800 mail carriers in the United States were bitten by a dog last year.
New report lands Wichita at number 14 in the country for having the most dog attacks.
You may not think about the challenges to getting your daily mail, but a new report says letter carriers in Wichita face some dangerous challenges.
The United States Postal Service released a new report Wednesday ranking the 14 cities in the country that were the worst for dog attacks on postal carriers last year.
Los Angeles landed at #1 with 69 dog attacks, St. Louis sits at #7 with 32 attacks, and rounding off that list sitting at #14 out of 2,000 cities is Wichita with 20.
“Wichita in particular does have a high incident of dog attacks for some reason,” said Kelli Cunningham, Supervisor of Customer Support for USPS.
A USPS representative points out these dog attacks don’t necessarily mean that in each reported case that a mail carrier was bitten.
“Some of them are dog attacks where possibly someone was knocked over, but it is a serious issue because it causes injury.”
It was almost two months when residents in the 200 block of N. Joann had their mail withheld after reports of a loose dog in the neighborhood.
The mail carrier felt threaten so the post office took action.
USPS notified residents telling them if they want to continue receiving their mail then they had to either rent a P.O. Box or put in a curbside mail box to resume delivery.
“We did buy down to it and had to go ahead and put in the mailboxes,” said David Rothenberg, resident. “There are some good things about it and there are a few bad things.”
Rothernberg adds, “I feel for the mail carriers. They quite frankly were hired with the idea that they have to deal with situations like that.”
USPS tells KSN News the list is made up of 2,000 cities.
They’re encouraging dog owners to help reduce the number attacks in their city.