USPS mail carriers concerned over high numbers of dog bites

Dog attacks on valley mail carriers are on the rise. According to a new survey by the United States Postal Service, Phoenix ranks as the 9th highest city in the U.S. when it comes to dog attacks on postal employees.

Rain, blazing heat, or freezing cold, postal workers across the United States deliver our mail, one hazard of the job besides the weather is dogs.

"I just try to look ahead and see if there are any dogs loose, or any dogs barking," said Manuela Berber.

Manuela Berber knows the problem all too well. She's been attacked multiple times in her 16-year career.

Last year there were 5,767 mail carriers attacked by dogs. Phoenix ranks as the 9th highest city in which dog attacks occur. There were 35 last year, a number that Berber and her co-workers are not happy with.

The dog to the owners are the sweetest dogs, but for us, and anyone who is not known to that house, the dog could be a problem for them.

Berber and other mail carriers have pepper spray on them just in case. Carriers ask residents to make sure dogs are secured and locked away when you're not home.

They say if a dog acts aggressively, a mail carrier may skip your house and you'll have to get your mail from the post office.
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