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Dogs Bite Mail Carriers in Houston

June 1, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Folks considering a job as a mail carrier may want to skip Houston, and possibly Chicago too.

The Postal Service reports that Houston led the nation in dog bites to letter carriers last year with 65 canine attacks.

That was 10 more than second place Chicago.

New York managed third place, combining four delivery jurisdictions to total 44 bites. No. 4, Miami, recorded just 36 bites in fiscal 1997, followed by 29 in Los Angeles and 25 in Cleveland.

Next came Dallas, 23; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 22 and, tied at 17 each, Kansas City, Mo.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Phoenix; Charlotte, N.C., and San Antonio, Texas.

Buffalo, N.Y., Boston and Denver each recorded 16 bites, while Baltimore and Oklahoma City had 15 apiece. There were 14 bites in Indianapolis.

Rounding out the communities with the most dog bites were Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Cincinnati with 13; San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis and West Palm Beach, Fla., at 12 and Rochester, N.Y. and Virginia Beach, Va., with 11 bites apiece.

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