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Dogs go postal on letter carriers! Houston becomes dog-bite capital

Dogs attacked 5,581 postal workers last year.
Houston bumps L.A. for city with the most dog bites of postal workers.

Houston has jumped to the No. 1 most dangerous city in the nation when it comes to dogs biting postal workers.

Last year, dogs attacked 5,581 postal employees. Houston wrested the top spot from Los Angeles, which fell to No. 2 in the latest standings.

For those of you who are so electronically hip that you don’t remember snail mail, it is a government-condoned system of human beings delivering paper and packages to people's homes and workplaces. The postal worker carries the treasure-trove of unsolicited offers, coupons and even information-storage devices called magazines, to a house, through a yard, which opens the carrier up to a possible dog attack. 

Officials say about 4.5 million Americans were bitten last year by dogs in the United States; 2 million of them were children. In a case this week caught on video, a dog in Bakersfield attacked a child, who was rescued by the family cat, which fiercely pounced on the invading canine, much like a lion defending its cub against jackals.

Warnings against dog bites come around every May as society prepares to celebrate Dog Bite Prevention Week.

In what is an annual rite, the U.S. Postal Service is reminding people to take care of their dogs.

Here is the list of top dog-bite cities for postal carriers:

1. Houston: 63 bites

2. Los Angeles: 61 bites

3. Cleveland: 58 bites

4. San Diego: 53 bites

5. Chicago: 47 bites

Sixty-two cities were dangerous enough to rank in the top 30, which had to be expanded because of ties. Seven cities came in 30th with 11 bites each.

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