Dog Bite Attacks on USPS Workers in California Highest in Country in 2020

782 Postal Workers Attacked by California Dogs in 2020

 Dog Bite Attacks on USPS Workers in California Highest in Country in 2020More USPS workers were hurt in dog bite attacks last year in California than anywhere else in the United States.

Some 782 postal employees got attacked by dogs in 2020, up from 777 the previous year in the Golden State, according to a report released last month for the USPS’ National Dog Bite Awareness Week.  Texas ranked a distant second with 402 attacks, followed by Ohio with 369 attacks. Unlike California, those two states saw a decline in attacks compared to 2019.

Additionally, more than 5,800 postal employees fended off attacks from dogs across the country. The overall rise in dog attacks on mail carriers across the country may be attributed to several factors. During the pandemic more people worked from home or were unemployed. Also, a rise in online shopping meant more packages to be delivered. Finally, people sought comfort during this time and adopted dogs from shelters.

“Whether it’s a small bite or a vicious attack, letter carriers are at risk of being injured or even killed by aggressive dog behavior,” said Attorney James Johnson, Johnson Attorneys Group.

Top U.S. Cities for Dog Attacks on Mail Carriers

Los Angeles ranked third among the list of 47 cities in the USPS report behind Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. The report shows there were 54 attacks on USPS employees in LA compared to 59 in Chicago and 73 in Houston. Other California cities that made the list were San Diego with 35 attacks, Sacramento with 22, Long Beach with 20, San Francisco, 14,

Overall, nationwide there are about 4.5 million dog bite attacks every year. However, half of the dog bite injuries happen at home to someone who is familiar with the dog.


Sadly, every day about 1,000 people require emergency medical treatment in the U.S. as a result of dog bites.

Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior and must maintain control over the animal. If a dog bites or otherwise attacks an individual, the owner is liable for the person’s injuries.  If you are bitten by a dog, you may seek compensation for your injuries. Contact our California personal injury law firm at 1-800-235-6801 to request a free consultation.

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