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Once Again Los Angeles Leads the Nation in Dog Bites on Mail Carriers

California leads the nation in dog attacks
los angeles leads the nation in dog attacks on mail c arriers

Graphs via KTLA News: dog bites by city, dog bites by state.

The U.S. Postal Service has released its annual dog bite national rankings, revealing over 5,800 incidents involving dog attacks on postal employees in 2023.

As part of its National Dog Bite Awareness Campaign from June 2 to 9, 2024, the USPS is promoting responsible pet ownership to ensure the safety of mail carriers using the hashtag #dogbiteawareness.

According to the latest statistics released by the United States Postal Service (USPS), Los Angeles led the nation in dog bites again against mail carriers in 2023, with a staggering 65 reported attacks—nine more than second-place Houston.

This trend underscores the importance of responsible dog ownership across our state to reduce injuries. Other California cities outside of LA, including San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Long Beach, also made the USPS top 30 list of attacks on postal workers.

California led all states with 727 reported dog bites against postal workers last year, over 300 more incidents than the next highest state, Texas.

Dog Owners Can Be Sued

When a dog bites someone in California, the owner can be sued. There is strict liability for dog attacks, and there can be civil and criminal penalties. So, what can California dog owners do to reverse this alarming trend and prevent their dogs from biting mail carriers or anyone else?

The USPS offers some common-sense tips:

  • Lock dogs behind a gate or fence when postal workers arrive at your home
  • Keep dogs leashed when out on walks
  • Don’t startle or scare the dog
  • Don’t assume they’re friendly
  • Don’t try to pet the dog
  • Ensure your dog is adequately socialized
  • Properly socialize and train your dog

There Are No Free Bites in California

Dog owners should familiarize themselves with California’s strict liability statute regarding dog bites. In California, owners are liable for damages regardless of whether the dog has ever bitten someone or shown aggressive tendencies.

By taking proactive steps to control your dog’s environment and interactions, you can do your part to shed Los Angeles’ dubious distinction atop the dog bite rankings and make our communities safer for mail carriers and all residents.

Continued Canine Education and Awareness

Bisnar Chase has extensively covered dog attacks in California, created nationwide dog breed studies, and continues to educate through educational material on the dangers of untrained, unleashed, and dangerous dogs.

Senior partner Brian Chase says the law firm has seen a rise in dog bite cases since COVID hit, with many people stuck at home purchasing or receiving dogs.

“The pandemic seems to have played a role in the increase of dog owners in California. Unfortunately, not everyone is a responsible dog owner, and attacks happen. Our practice has seen a sizeable increase in dog bite cases.”

Resources for Dog Owners and Victims of dog attacks

If you are the victim of a dog bite in California and have questions, feel free to contact our office and speak with our legal team. 800-561-4887. We’ve been winning dog bite cases for 46 years with a 99% success rate.

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