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California ranks No. 1 in US in dog bites

Ranking first in dog bites is a title that no community strives to attain. To help reduce the number of dog bites across America, the American Veterinary Medical Association is offering Californians concrete ways to help reduce the number of dog bites in their community.

The United States Postal Service released its 2012 U.S. Postal Service Dog Attack City Rankings last month.

California ranks No. 1 for attacks of postal workers. According to State Farm®, Los Angeles ranked as No. 1, San Francisco ranked as No. 4, and Sacramento tied for the rank of No. 8 on the list of states with the most dog-bite related insurance claims.

“Dogs are wonderful, intelligent and loyal creatures, but they depend on responsible owners to teach them how to behave around people,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA.

“Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite. The AVMA has a multitude of educational resources and experts available to help individuals and community groups understand how they can help prevent dog bites.”

State/city ranking

The U.S. Postal Service issues a list of the cities across the country where the most postal workers have been attacked by dogs, and, for 2012, that list included:

Los Angeles, Calif.—69 attacks on postal workers

San Antonio, Texas and Seattle, Wash.—42 attacks apiece

Chicago, Ill.—41 attacks

San Francisco, Calif.—38 attacks

Philadelphia, Pa.—34 attacks

Detroit, Mich.—33 attacks

St. Louis, Mo.—32 attacks

Baltimore, Md. and Sacramento, Calif.—29 attacks apiece

Houston, Texas and Minneapolis, Minn.—27 attacks apiece

Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio—26 attacks apiece

Buffalo and Brooklyn, N.Y.—24 attacks apiece

Denver, Colo.—23 attacks

Dallas, Texas and Tacoma, Wash.—21 attacks apiece

Wichita, Kan.—20 attacks

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