Jun 11, 2024 - News

Columbus in top 10 for mail carrier attacks

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

It's not just an old-fashioned pop culture stereotype — Columbus' number of dog attacks on postal workers has landed us on an unwelcome top 10 list.

By the numbers: The U.S. Postal Service reports 33 attacks at Columbus addresses in 2023, the 10th-highest total in the nation.

  • That's up from 13th place in 2022 and 11th in 2021.
  • Los Angeles topped the list with 65 in 2023, followed by Houston (56), Chicago (48), St. Louis (46) and Cleveland (44).

Threat level: Dog bites are a big liability. USPS says the average cost per insurance claim for a dog bite is $64,555.

Zoom out: Nationwide, dog attacks on postal workers increased by about 9%, to 5,800 last year.

  • It's an unfortunate reminder to secure your pets at mail delivery time.

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