SF dogs have a taste for the mailman


Some dogs in San Francisco know exactly where their favorite bone is: In their mail carrier’s arm.

This according to the US Postal Service, who say San Francisco ranked fourth in the nation for most dog attacks against letter carriers, just behind Chicago, San Antonio and Seattle.

38 San Francisco fidos managed to chomp their local mail carriers in 2012, a 32 percent increase over 2011’s 26 bite incidents in The City.

Los Angeles mutts remained the baddest in the land in 2012, though their 69 attacks against mail personnel was off from 2011’s hair-raising 83.

Every year in connection with National Dog Bite Prevention week (May 19 – 25) the Postal Service reminds us how many letter carriers — 5,900 —  and people — about 4.7 million — get bitten by dogs each year in the United States.

The Chron’s Will Kane tracked down Castro mailman Nery Montano, who said he’s felt “stalked like prey” by people’s family pets on his delivery route:

“For me it is hard for me to understand when they start calling it ‘My baby.’ Don’t expect me to like your dog as much as you do.”

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as associate professor at San Francisco State University.

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