Dog attacks increasing in Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Summit City ranks in the top 30 cities for dog bites, according to the United States Postal Service. The postal service also says that dog bite incidents are on the rise in the state of Indiana.

The USPS released a 2013 report of cities with the most dog attacks on Wednesday, May 21. Fort Wayne was 28 on the list with 13 dog bites in 2013. Fort Wayne was listed at 31 with 8 bites in 2012.

The Postal Service released the numbers as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

The report outlined a few incidents in which postal workers were injured by dog. In one such incident in Fort Wayne, a dog ran at a mail carrier while he was going to the mailbox. The carrier tried to close the door of the home, but the dog escaped and attacked him. The postal worker had puncture wounds on his hand and was out of work for 19 days.

Dayton, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Van Nuys, California also came in 28th place.

Indianapolis ranked at 14 with 29 dog bit incidents.

USPS said that 5,581 postal employees were attacked last year.

Half of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs every year are children, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

See the USPS’ full release here. 


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