Dogs attacked 27 Utah postal workers last year

Published on May 19, 2014 at 10:17AM

The U.S. Postal Service says Utah letter carriers really are the target of wayward dogs. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the agency said Thursday that 27 postal workers in the state were attacked by dogs last year. Eight bites needed medical care, and six of those injuries forced carriers to take long periods of time off the job. Nationwide, dogs bit 5,581 Postal Service workers in 2013. Houston ranked the highest in the country for attacks on letter carriers, with 63, followed by Los Angeles with 61. Salt Lake City postal workers reported 11 dog bites last year, tying the city for 30th place in the U.S. along with six other municipalities. Postal Service District Manager Jimmy Wolf says 26 bites were reported in Utah in 2012.