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Data: USPS; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

More than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year, and the pandemic was partly to blame, says the U.S. Postal Service.

  • E-commerce surged when shoppers were stuck at home, meaning more packages being delivered to residences.
  • And more people, including children, were at home to open the door for deliveries, giving pets more opportunity to escape.
  • Plus, there were simply more dogs, as "pandemic puppy" adoptions soared last year.

Why it matters: It's National Dog Bite Awareness week and the postal service wants to remind dog owners to secure their pets. This year’s theme is “Be Aware: Any Dog Can Bite.”

  • Houston ranked first in dog bites, with 73 carriers attacked. Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Denver rounded out the top 5 for most aggressive dogs, according to USPS.

What to watch: In the era of Big Delivery, reports of dog attacks could be expected to rise among Amazon, UPS and FedEx delivery personnel, too, though a UPS spokesperson says the company hasn't seen an increase yet.

The bottom line: Both UPS and the Postal Service say if a driver encounters an aggressive animal, they will not deliver the package, and you'll have to pick it up from their facility.

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Aug 26, 2021 - Axios Denver

Pandemic pets are crowding Colorado animal shelters

Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Animal shelters are offering discounted dog and cat adoptions over the next several weeks to combat overcrowding caused by the pandemic.

  • The limited-time deals are part of an annual nationwide "Clear the Shelters" event that draws participation from more than 1,000 organizations, including about a dozen in Colorado this year.

Why it matters: The timing of the campaign coincides with a wave of incoming pandemic pets that local shelters have long been bracing for, multiple shelters in the Denver metro area tell Axios.

Aug 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

New PAWS law to help veterans with PTSD get service dogs

A service dog at training at the Paws of War office in Nesconset, Long Island, New York . Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden signed a bill into law Wednesday that's designed to make service dogs more accessible to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

Why it matters: The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that an average of 18 vets die by suicide every day in the U.S. Research by Kaiser Permanente and Purdue University veterans with PTSD can benefit physiologically from using service dogs.

Aug 27, 2021 - Axios Denver

In honor of National Dog Day, meet the dogs of Denver

Photo courtesy of Vicki Denhoffer

In honor of National Dog Day, we couldn't help but round up photos of some of Denver's cutest canines.

  • Thank you to all readers who shared pics of their furry friends.