If you're a postal worker, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that dog attacks, nationally, have gone down. The bad news is that if you work in Danbury, your odds of getting bit are a lot higher.

The average U.S. Postal worker went home with less dog bites during the last year then ever before, however according to the USPS, which released its findings late last week,there were 6,244 workers attacked by canines across the country, including 77 in Connecticut. Now those numbers may seem high, but there were 500 fewer attacks then the year before.

Most of the Connecticut attacks happened in one of three cities. Hartford, which topped the state in dog attacks, followed by Bridgeport, and then Danbury.

Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo said in a recent press release:

The totals are still too high, but we're confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.

The USPS has also released some tips for dog owners to help prevent some of these attacks:

  • If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
  • If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a post office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner's neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area's post office.

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