Dallas Cracks the Top 10 in Dog-on-Mailman Attacks

Categories: Animal Welfare

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Anita & Greg
Carjackings are an underappreciated danger to mail carriers.
For decades, doubtless dating back to the advent of home mail delivery, the dog-bites-mailman trope has provided cartoonists and joke writers (and now meme creators) -- with an easy source of cheap humor.

The U.S. Postal Service, whose employees were the victims of 5,581 dog attacks last year, is not amused. It makes this perfectly clear in a public service announcement being distributed to broadcast outlets as part of its National Dog Bite Prevention Week campaign:

At this point in our nation's history, even the comedians know that "dog bites man" is no laughing matter. That's why the nation's letter carriers, who were victimized by nearly 5,600 dog attacks last year, are reminding pet owners to restrain their dogs to protect letter carriers, meter readers, children and others who may come near their dogs.

The USPS is dispatching similar reminders today through postal carrier testimonials, canned newspaper columns and face-to-face talks with customers.

The news here, though, is that the agency not only keeps its own dog-bite statistics, but also uses it to compile a list of the most bite-prone U.S. cities.

Dallas comes in at No. 7, with 46 mail carriers suffering dog bites during 2013. This compares favorably with Houston, which snagged the No. 1 spot with 63 attacks, but not so much with the Dallas of 2012, which was 14th with 21 attacks.

Clearly, this is a job for Dwaine Caraway.

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39 comments
P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It's almost 10am on Friday and no new stories. Slow news day?

Daniel
Daniel

Dog on mailman, huh? I TOLD YOU IT WAS A SLIPPERY SLOPE

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

At least this means they are delivering the mail, not tossing it in dumpsters.

Maybe the carriers should have a cat with them...no doubt everyone has seen the vid.

doublecheese
doublecheese

Dog bites mailman?  Who cares.  Now, mailman bites dog?  That's news!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

May we have a map showing where these incidents cluster?

tdkisok
tdkisok

Republican Mantra: If they don't like their jobs they can find something else. 'Merica!!" 



holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

If I were a mail carrier and came back to the truck, and a damn poodle was in the jump seat . . . 

I'd hit that fool with Mustard Gas.

what's up with Poodles?

seriously?

Why Poodles?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

5581 dog attacks in a year really doesn't seem that bad in perspective. How many letter carriers are there in this country?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

my Arlington mailman once crossed the street and pepper-sprayed a dog that was just laying on the owner's lawn, doing nothing. I asked him why, he told me to "avoid future problems". Couldn't argue with that.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ozonelarryb

Thread winner.

SadSue
SadSue

@tdkisok The little pathetic one wants you to be aware that he will shoot animals because he is right wing and is very concerned about the irresponsibility of dog owner's here in Dallas.   He has no concerns about any other city other than Dallas. 




TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkiosk

Oddly enough, you're the only one to suggest that solution, which, provably by the comments here from the right, do not suggest that mail carriers who do not like being victimized by lawbreakers should find other work.

If you want to correctly characterize, take a hint from actual comments, which suggest that dog owners have responsibility. If they fail to meet that responsibility, right-wing bastards like me will shoot their animals.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

My guess? UP is trolling Jack Jett.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Right, times 312 outings per year. Though if you get blindsided by anything, from snowball to rabid canine, that shits your day.

SadSue
SadSue

@TheRuddSki Really?  MMM.  I have heard this story before.  Readers Digest maybe.  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

outlaw pepper spray.

proof that pepper spray is itself is the root problem.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ColonelAngus

And they'll be backed up by Hank Kimball.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture.. has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe or folding, magazine - 30 rd. capacity..."

JackJett
JackJett

@TheRuddSki

R….In another time and another place I think we might have been buds.My last email/post to you was (several weeks ago)…I have bigger fish to fry right now.You won!.Please check on Google, much to the dismay of my partner, I have attached my name to every asinine comment I have made since the invention of the InnerWebs. There is no reason to stop now.I do NOT comment under assumed names.

That is why my LAST comment to you is YOU won.I apologize for anything offensive I have said to you.Sorry that we don’t see eye to eye.But I have spoke my peace to you using MY name and MY account connected via FaceBook.

Since we are still trying to clear up a beyond slanderous comment that was made here for no apparent reason and we feel compelled to make certain nothing else is said I will be checking here from time to time but not commenting.I am wondering what I could do for you that would dissuade you from leaving me out of your conversations.Yes, I know free speech.I am asking as a favor to at least limit it as someone here evidently has it in for me on a more personal scale.I can offer you a Best of Jack E. Jett DVD collectionor a signed issue of my Playgirl from 1982.Seriously, my hope is that you will throw a little respect my way and let me melt away like an iceberg in global warming, if global warming actually existed and we know that it doesn’t.  Peace, Luv, & Shag-Hair 4 Ever!

Now, I am going to Midland.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

SadSue

Jack, I didn't even mention Dallas, and you should try and get a sense of humor. Rent, buy, borrow, steal, whatever. You're risking your health by taking yourself, me, and this blog too seriously.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki  


LMAO


Yeah, I knew you couldn't resist that one. 


Hey, I'm just doing what you do 80% of the time which is invoke ideology into whatever the subject matter is......no matter what. 


And the only thing you have ever shot is your load on a pic of Betty Davis.

SadSue
SadSue

@TheRuddSki My guess is that you continue to prove yourself the fool among fools.  Yet it is clear you have many fans.   I think you are an annoying bucket of vomit.   Who is right?  Now stay on topic.  This is about gun control.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@SadSue

Really? Cool.

I wouldn't be surprised, I'm sure it's a common practice among mail carriers. Makes sense.

That he did it openly, with a witness (me) kinda indicates he wasn't at all worried that his actions were problematic or would bring the heat down on him.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@sotiredofitall

Actually, the dog owner is a dick for not properly restraining his dog, pursuant to a law which exists for a reason.

Where I used to live, an unleashed dog would be shot on sight. Shot dead. For good reason. That also was the owner's fault.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TheRuddSki The Monsanto Department of US Agriculture Enforcement must be getting serious about protecting their seed patents.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JackJett

If, indeed the anon posters who write exactly like you, make the exact same complaints, make the exact inaccurate accusations, using the exactly same language, who do not in any way attempt to correct me when I state that they are JJ sockpuppets are, in fact, not your sockpuppets, I do apologize. They fooled more than me in that case.

However, frankly I do not believe you, which is of no consequence, and likewise, I neither know, nor care what the "beyond slanderous" statement is, who made it, or what you intend to do about it. I have no idea what "beyond slanderous" even means.

But, in the spirit of maturity, world peace, and general grooviness, rather than accept a gift, I will ask that you instead make a donation of no more than $100.00 to http://semperfifund.org and I will match your donation.

If I encounter the posters who I suggested were sockpuppets, I will admonish them for allowing my mistaken assumptions to continue, and in result doing a dis-service to you.

Have a nice time in Midland.

What
What

@TheRuddSki If this blog had Unlike buttons to select you would understand that you are speaking to the wrong person.  You are on the right track.  You are so taken with the Likes you fail to see your Unlikes would quadruple.  You should skip if you have the legs to do so.  One questions your ability to walk.  One assumes sadness.  Now focus.  The subject is immigration. 

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki  


"So, your problem is that you have no logical arguments, take yourself much too seriously, are frustrated that you can't counter arguments I make (you don't even try) have an autistic-level ignorance if irony and humor, and for all these reasons, concentrate a majority of your posts here with content-free, humorless scolds directed at me."


Do you have an original thought in your head? Why must you repeat everything I say? Even your jokes are stolen.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@what

What a lengthy rant by the little pathetic one.

What an ironic statement from someone who yesterday certainly broke some sort of all-time UP record.

Again with the Likes that support your theory

Think of it as American Idol, you're swimming somewhere off the island, among sharks who are waiting for your inevitable tour jet.

After being the annoying bully and running people away in vast numbers

Could you cite these "numbers"? Is "vast" somewhere between a score and a bunch, or is it closer to a shitload?

you are you still realize you crap won't fly in the real world. Obviously it does fly in your own city or own family thus you have claimed this territory.

My crap flies in all worlds - most obviously in yours. Unfortunately, as much as the tiny fascist in your head would love to censor, evict, silence or banish me, there's nothing you can do. I think your powerlessness in that respect is what leads you to such anger. You've lost, you'll always lose, and that upsets the great Jack Jett. You're a bit of a prima-donna, amigo.

While you have run so many away but the constant use of the words like "cunt"

Your inaccuracies are really quite remarkable. I have used the word exactly once, and all-in-all, I use less profanity than the writers at the DO and this blog. I'm one of the least-profane cuntributers, you might say.

You're losing, Jack, and very quickly.

and chatter about shooting animals, and other hate venom.

You probably have no idea how God-awful Funny your rants are.

Jack, I'm going to skip the rest of your post, a quick glance shows that you're not going anywhere logical, and quite frankly, you're looking a bit like a furious little idiot not really worth my time.

Also, when you have that inevitable stroke, don't blame it on me.

What
What

@TheRuddSki What a lengthy rant by the little pathetic one.  Again with the Likes that support your theory.  After being the annoying bully and running people away in vast numbers you are left with only the weak minded few who enjoy your in your face bigotry and bashing.  The fool that  you are you still realize you crap won't fly in the real world.  Obviously it does fly in your own city or own family thus you have claimed this territory.

While you have run so many away but the constant use of the words like "cunt" and chatter about shooting animals, and other hate venom.  There are a couple that hang around. 

How do you fool yourself into thinking that just a few people here find your disgusting and vile?  Go beyond you Likes and see just how often you are questioned about your lack of communication skills.  Far more than any likes. 

No one is more disliked and despised that the little pathetic man from out of town who thinks he knows what is best for our city and thinks it is necessary to bash true Texan's with your hatefilled bashing.


Did you ever think of dialing it back a notch or two?  Did you ever think of letting a first time commenter off the hook from a Ruddski verbal attack right off the bat?  OR...OR...agreeing to disagree that not everyone has the same view about our city as you do.  And that doesn't make them less than human.


Now, since you feel you have an audience, why not take that audience and create your own blog.  It is so easy to do.  You could be the next Matt Drudge and Andrew Brietbart and possibly make some money off this or better yet become some sort of TV talking head.  That is some really positive advice.  It may be frightening to go from big fish/small pond to the big ocean.  With the upcoming election, the timing seems perfect.  You can still come here to promote your blog.   Turn those likes into $$.  But please don't fool yourself into thinking you are despised here by only a small group.  You can read. 


So flame on with the accusations on me.   But how about trying to be nice to other posters outside your Liker's?  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Like most radical Right Wingers

Voted for Clinton, pro-choice, accepted gay marriage befor Obama, petitions against Orca captivity, agnostic. Believes people should be judged by character, not race. Believes that climate changes. Yep, radical right winger

Though, I am for constitutional protections for gun rights, believe affirmative action should be economic-based, not raced based, against amnesty on the grounds that it is unfair and economically disastrous for Americans on the lower economic rung (like Cesar Chavez believed). Maybe you consider that radically right-wing?

So, your problem is that you have no logical arguments, take yourself much too seriously, are frustrated that you can't counter arguments I make (you don't even try) have an autistic-level ignorance if irony and humor, and for all these reasons, concentrate a majority of your posts here with content-free, humorless scolds directed at me.

My "grandiose sense of self-worth" is the same technique the despised Limbaugh employs, just to bait people such as yourself, and, given no other measure of effectiveness of argument, and all that you claim I do or do not possess, the number if "Likes" is the only possible yardstick.

That I outpace you and your crew of angry detractors, collectively, at about a 10:1 ratio is probably why you consider the "Like" button as douchebaggery, which, I might point out, is a beef you should take up with UP, it's not my fault you are not highly rated in that regard.

Nice try BTW, but still juvenile level, and infused with bitterness and the usual lack of self-awareness. But keep trying, dishwasher.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki  


I don't hate you, I just think you are an ideological idiot. Like most radical Right Wingers your rhetoric holds no basis of fact. You post links that have nothing to do with those facts and can never be backed up. You know only YOUR wacked out, fucked up truth. You really have no sense of humor. Plus, your grandiose ego and over priced sense of self worth is pathetic. What kind of of douche bag brags about their "likes" in a comment section? Maybe a 17 year old girl.   LOL   

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

You're right, I have an ideology which influences my approach to almost every subject, and I inject that ideology into my opinions.

OTOH, for some - yourself included - the ideology is I hate TheRuddski, and that drives over 80% of your posts. For some, it's closer to 100%.

Which is OK, I don't mind being the intellectual masturbatory dream of humorless kooks, but your efforts never seem to have Happy Ending, and the frustration is palpable.

#keeponstroking

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

SadSue

Bingo.

Actually, Jack, I was going to say the poodle is a "world class" dog, but thought "that won't piss off Jack", and well, I hadda do what I hadda do.

Now stay on topic. This is about gun control

No, it's about TheRuddski control. You do not comment on the topic with any of your sockpuppets. I can't say as I blame you, given the way I torment all your sockpuppets, crush your cherished ideals, and bring out the tortured, angry soul of a humorless prig. Oh, the humanity!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@RTGolden1

Or they're worried about food activists.

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