>> Dog bites letter carrier, USPS temporarily suspends delivery to Dayton neighborhood
One way the USPS is trying to prevent dog bites is through the PAWS Program that began in Dayton and other cities on June 6.
The program involves paw print stickers placed on residential mailboxes. A yellow sticker indicates that a dog lives at the next delivery address and an orange sticker indicates a dog lives at that address.
Residents who object to having a sticker on their mailbox can call their local postmaster to have it removed, however, the USPS said it may help dog owners avoid liability in the event of an attack.
Technology is another way that letter carriers can stay safe, Johnson said.
The first is through a feature on Mobile Delivery Devices, handheld scanners used by carriers to confirm customer delivery, that indicates the presence of a dog at a residence. The second is Informed Delivery, which alerts residents that mail or a package is arriving so they can secure their dogs.
Tips for dog owners
- When a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate glass windows to attack visitors.
- Do not take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet. The dog may view the carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
- If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a post office location or other facility until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner's neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the local post office.