It’s no secret that mail carriers are the most vulnerable to dog attacks. In fact, mail carriers in San Diego are at the highest risk because, according to the U.S. Postal Service, the area ranks No. 2 on its list of Top 25 Worst Cities for Dog Attacks against U.S. Postal Workers.
When Do these Attacks Occur?
Most of the attacks occur when letter carriers deliver mail to a house with an outdoor dog. While they usually carry around a pepper spray to keep vicious dogs at bay, it is not always enough to prevent injuries. Their mail satchel can also be used to defend against dogs.
Postal Workers Have Rights
Postal workers can refuse to deliver mail to a house where the dogs are not secured properly – especially if the dog is large and aggressive. If and when an attack occurs, the victim can file a lawsuit against the dog owner.