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LA is worst city for dog attacks on mail carriers

WASHINGTON — Los Angeles was the worst city in America for dog attacks on letter carriers last year, the US Postal Service says as it urges owners to help reduce the attacks.

The agency on Wednesday released its city rankings ahead of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts Monday.

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The Postal Service said nearly 5,900 postal workers were attacked last year, a portion of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by dogs annually.

Los Angeles was the worst with 69 attacks, followed by San Antonio with 42 and Chicago with 41.

If letter carriers feel threatened by a dog, they can skip delivery to the house and ask the customer to retrieve mail at the post office.

The other cities with significant numbers of dog bites: Seattle 42, San Francisco 38, Philadelphia 34, Detroit 33, and St. Louis 32.

Boston was not on the list for the worst 14 cities in the country.

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