It's hard out there for a Houston mail carrier -- if the heat doesn't get you, the dogs probably will.
The United States Postal Service has put out its list of the ten most dangerous cities for dog attacks, and coming in at the top is....us.
USPS says 62 Houston letter carriers were attacked in 2010, far higher than in the second-place cities Columbus, Ohio and San Diego, which had 45 each.
"We often hear two comments relating to the Postal Service, 'The check's in the mail' and 'Don't worry, my dog won't bite'. Given the right circumstances, any dog can bite. Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem," said Houston postmaster Matthew Lopez. "Working with animal behavior experts, we've developed tips to avoid dog attacks, and for dog owners, tips for practicing responsible pet ownership."
Those tips for dog owners include "When a carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door in another room" and "Dogs can be protective of their territory and may interpret the actions of letter carriers as a threat. Please take precautions when accepting mail in the presence of your pet."
Also, spay and neuter those things, people.
The rest of the dog-bite top ten:
3. Los Angeles, 44 attacks
4. Louisville, Kentucky, 40
5. San Antonio and St. Louis, 39 each
6. Cleveland and Phoenix, 38 each
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7. Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, 35 each
8. Denver and Philadelphia, 31 each
9. Sacramento, California, 30
10. Seattle, 28