Recently, one of our letter carriers in Olive Hill suffered a dog bite. This is not an isolated incident for Postal Service employees across the country. In 2021, over 5400 letter carriers experienced dog bites or dog attacks. With deliveries every day, including Sundays and holidays, carriers continue to experience dog bites in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Dog attacks and bites are 100 percent preventable when dog owners remain vigilant and properly restrain their dogs.
To ensure mail carriers’ safety, dog owners must securely lock their dog in another room until a delivery exchange is done. If a dog is outside, the dog must be leashed away from the mailbox.
When a carrier feels unsafe, mail service could be interrupted, not only for the dog owner but for the entire neighborhood. When mail service is interrupted, mail will have to be picked up at the post office and service will not be restored until the dog is properly restrained.
With your help, we can keep our carriers, your neighbors, and your dogs safe. Thank you for protecting your pet, and our mail carriers, as we continue to bring packages and other important correspondence to your door each day.
Sincerely, Joey Rison
Olive Hill Postmaster