Victor Cordes: Prevent dog bites |

Victor Cordes: Prevent dog bites

To the editor:

Our Craig Post Office and the U.S. Postal Service need your support on a very important issue – helping to prevent and stamp out dog bites.

Please keep your dogs safely restrained on your property or leashed and under proper control, especially around your letter carrier. This will help prevent dog bite attacks and injuries to our postal letter carriers and others.

With the warmer weather and the summer months, now is the busiest time of the year for dog bite injuries.

This reminder comes as the Postal Service and other agencies, including the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American Veterinary Medical Society, promote “National Dog Bite Prevention Awareness Week” from May 17 through 23.

A total of 3,100 postal letter carriers nationwide were bitten or received OSHA recordable dog bite attack-related injuries in 2008, an average of 10 dog bites per day.

Our post office recorded one dog bite-related injury last year and has had no dog bites so far in 2009.

These figures do not take into account the many times and situations where letter carriers encounter loose dogs and threatening dog attack situations but fortunately escape injury.

Most dog bite injuries or incidents are caused by loose or unrestrained dogs.

The U.S. Postal Service treats loose dog situations seriously.

Because of the safety danger to your letter carrier, failure to restrain your dog on a regular basis can result in a temporary stoppage of mail delivery to your home and mailbox, or worse yet, to your whole neighborhood, block or street, depending on how serious the problem is.

Dog bites are a major public safety and health issue for everyone, not just the Postal Service.

More than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs each year with children, the elderly and letter carriers the biggest victims. Others such as newspaper carriers, delivery workers, utility meter readers and construction workers also are more frequent victims of dog bites.

We ask for the public’s cooperation in keeping your dogs safely restrained for the protection of your letter carrier, neighborhood and the community.

The Craig Post Office and your letter carrier greatly appreciate your support.

Victor Cordes

Postmaster, Craig Post Offic

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