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Louisville ties for no. 6 position on list of cities with most dog attacks on letter carriers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you're a letter carrier in Louisville, you may want to keep a sharp eye out for Fido.

Louisville ranked sixth on the list of cities with the most dog attacks on letter carriers in 2014, according to the U.S. Postal Service. It tied with Denver, Colorado for the ranking.

Nationwide, 5,767 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year, according to a news release. 

"There's a myth we often hear at the Postal Service: Don't worry, my dog won't bite," said Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo, according to the release. "Dog attacks are a nationwide issue, and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership."

In light of this information, the U.S. Postal Service has the following tips for dog owners:

1) If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.

2) 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 view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

3) The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. 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.

Los Angeles topped the list at number one with 74 reported dog attacks in 2014. Houston came in at number two with 62 attacks, and San Diego ranked third with 47 attacks, according to the list.

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