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Houston Ranks First in US Postal Service's Top Dog Attack Cities

Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Dogs may be man’s best friend, but the canine is a letter carrier’s worst enemy.

Last year, 5,669 postal employees were attacked by dogs in more than 1,400 cities across the United States, according statistics released by the U.S. Postal Service.

Houston was the city with the most incidents, with 62 employees attacked in 2010.  Columbus, Ohio and San Diego tied for second place with 45 attacks each.  Los Angeles had 44 bites, Louisville, Kentucky had 40, and San Antonio and St. Louis rounded out the top five with 39 reported attacks each.

The Postal Service released the statistics to draw attention to National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which takes place from May 15 to May 21.

Medical expenses related to dog bites reportedly cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year. 

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