May 23, 2013 9:19 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

US Postal Service's annual Dog Bite Awareness Week

The United States Postal Service wants to raise awareness about one of the dangers that mail carriers face every day. The organization said one of the country's most commonly reported public health problems, is dog bites.

The Postal Service said 6,000 bites were reported last year, although only one of them was on a mail carrier in San Luis Obispo. The main post office in Santa Maria told KSBY, that dog bites are also a prevalent issue.

The Postal Service said there are two methods of defense against an aggressive dog- pepper spray, and a satchel. But, what it comes down to, they said, is the responsibility of the owner.

"We try to tell our carriers when they're walking into a yard to scan the area, look for anything like dog poles, dog chain, dog toys, anything that might be laying in the yard that gives them an idea there's a dog," said Russell Wilber, the Supervisor for Customer Service at the San Luis Obispo office.

He said homeowners can he held liable for any injuries cause by their dog.



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