PETAL, MS (WDAM) - United States Postal Services across the nation are observing Dog Bite Prevention Week this week.
WDAM took a look at the importance of keeping mail carriers safe in your neighborhood.
The purpose of Dog Bite Prevention Week is to reduce potential attacks. WDAM cameras caught up with USPS Postmaster of the Petal location, Todd Ramos, who has been in the business for more than 30 years.
“The hardest part was avoiding the potential dog attacks," Ramos said. "Here in Petal, we have approximately 9,600 deliveries each day, so the potential for a dog attack is pretty great.”
According to USPS, the number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide fell to 5,714 in 2018, which was down by 100 attacks from the previous year. But Ramos said it’s important to continue to highlight safety initiatives and remind pet owners of the importance.
“If presented with a potential attack, they are to place the satchel between them and and the dog and as a last resort use the dog repellent which is an extract to cayenne pepper,” Ramos said.
If you are a dog parent, it's important you keep you dog locked behind a fence to prevent any possible problems.
“The main thing they can do is during the normal time frame delivery of their mail each day, have their dog inside secured or behind a nice designated fence location to keep the carrier safe,” Ramos said.
There were 14 attacks on mail carriers in Mississippi last year, according to the USPS.
“We are headed in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do," Ramos said. "Each and every day we want our carriers to return home safe to their families.”