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Postal Service ranks Chicago No. 11 for dog attacks

Letter carrier KevPownall delivers mail PhiladelphiTuesday March 2 2010. The U.S. Postal Service is increasing pressure for dropping Saturday home

Letter carrier Kevin Pownall delivers mail in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 2, 2010. The U.S. Postal Service is increasing the pressure for dropping Saturday home delivery as it seeks to fend off massive financial losses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Updated: July 3, 2012 8:42AM



Chicago is tied for No. 11 among cities nationwide for dog attacks on mail carriers, the U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday, with 30 dog attacks on postal workers last year.

Los Angeles topped the list with 83 dog attacks on postal workers last year. Chicago tied with Philadelphia.

Chicago Postmaster Karen Schenck says letter carriers often hear,“Don’t worry. My dog won’t bite” — right before they are attacked.

The Postal Service says letter carriers who fear for their safety are allowed to stop delivery and ask homeowners to pick up their mail at the post office until a pet is restrained.



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