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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Los Angeles is not the #1 city for dog attacks on USPS delivery people - Mary Cummins

USPS came out with the annual dog attack city rankings April 6, 2017. If you look at the list, it's very misleading. Of course larger cities with more people will have more dog attacks. If you look at the attacks per capita, the list changes. Below is the USPS ranked list. I only looked at the USPS 1-10 list. It's possible the cities in the 11-30 list had higher attacks per capita than the below. I used populations for 2013 because that was the only year where all the cities had a noted population statistic.

City / Population / Dog Attacks / Attacks Per Capita

1. LA City 3.884M        80 = .0000205 per capita
2. Houston 2.196M        62 = .0000282
3. Cleveland 390,113     60 = .0001530
4. San Diego 1.356M     57 = .0000420
5. Louisville 253,128     51 = .0002010
6. Detroit 688,701          48 = .0000696
7. Denver 649,495         47 = .0000723
8. Chicago 2.719M        46 = .0000169
9. Indianapolis 852,866  44 = .0000515
10 Minneapolis 400,070 43 = .0001070

If we go by capita, per person, the rank changes to the below. Los Angeles went from number one to number nine on the list.

1. Louisville .0002010
2. Cleveland .0001530
3. Minneapolis .0001070
4. Denver .0000723
5. Detroit .0000696
6. Indianpolis .0000515
7. San Diego .0000420
8. Houston .0000282
9. Los Angeles .0000205
10. Chicago .0000169

As the USPS article stated, one reason why the total number of dog attacks on USPS delivery people has increased is people are shopping online more and having items delivered. More deliveries means more exposure to dogs. Of course there will be a higher number of attacks. That said we still must do all we can to prevent dog attacks.

https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_016.htm

I emailed USPS politely asking them if they could include per capita numbers or at least clarify the numbers. This is the reply from USPS. They don't care that their numbers are misleading. They're also making some cities with lower dog attack rates look bad.

From: Saunders, Mark R - Washington, DC <mark.r.saunders@usps.gov>

"Hi,

Thanks for your interest. The attack numbers were compiled from accident reports from letter carriers serving specific street addresses. The focus of this community outreach program is to raise awareness of this nationwide issue and protect our employees, children and the public at large and not a per capita interpretation. "

I decided to take a look at the entire list. Some cities ranked at the bottom should actually be at the top. I have this in Excel but I'm trying to figure out how to rank not just the numbers but the corresponding cities. I'll figure it out by tomorrow. I don't want to do it by hand. Just figured it out. Of these 42 cities LA is has one of the lowest dog attack rates per capita. Brooklyn and Chicago are number one and two for fewest number of attacks. This is ranked highest to lowest.

Here is the Excel file. Here is a pdf of it. The top att/cap numbers are direct. The ones below them are to a decimal point of 5, i.e. E 05. Move the decimal point over five places.

The table below falls apart. Here's an image.

USPS dog attacks per city per capita Los Angeles California usps.gov 


CITY
ATKS
Pop.
Att/Cap
Flushing NY
22
72,008
0.000305522
Shawnee Mi, KS
18
64,323
0.000279838
Louisville, KY
51
253,128
0.000201479
Cleveland, OH
60
390,113
0.000153802
Buffalo, NY
28
258,959
0.000108125
Minneapolis, MN
43
400,070
0.000107481
Akron, OH
21
198,100
0.000106007
St Louis, MO
31
318,416
9.73569E-05
Richmond, VA
20
214,114
9.34082E-05
St Paul, MN
26
294,873
8.81736E-05
Cincinnati, OH
24
297,517
8.06677E-05
Denver, CO
47
649,495
7.23639E-05
Detroit, MI
48
688,701
6.96964E-05
New Orleans, LA
25
378,715
6.60127E-05
Kansas City, MO
30
467,007
6.42389E-05
Sacramento, CA
30
479,686
6.25409E-05
Wichita, KS
23
386,552
5.95004E-05
Baltimore, MD
36
622,104
5.78681E-05
Oakland, CA
23
406,253
5.6615E-05
Indianapolis, IN
44
852,866
5.15908E-05
Memphis, TN
33
653,450
5.05012E-05
Seattle, WA
31
652,405
4.75165E-05
Columbus, OH
39
822,553
4.74134E-05
Long Beach, CA
22
469,428
4.68655E-05
San Diego, CA
57
1,356,000
4.20354E-05
Fort Worth, TX
33
792,727
4.16285E-05
Charlotte, NC
33
792,862
4.16214E-05
Fresno, CA
19
509,924
3.72605E-05
Las Vegas, NV
21
603,488
3.47977E-05
OklahomaC, OK
20
610,613
3.2754E-05
Portland, OR
41
1,258,000
3.25914E-05
Dallas,TX
41
1,258,000
3.25914E-05
San Antonio, TX
42
1,409,000
2.98084E-05
Washington, DC
19
658,893
2.88362E-05
Houston, TX
62
2,196,000
2.82332E-05
Philadelphia, PA
40
1,553,000
2.57566E-05
Phoenix, AZ
35
1,513,000
2.31328E-05
San Jose, CA
21
998,537
2.10308E-05
Los Angeles, CA
80
3,884,000
2.05973E-05
Chicago, IL
46
2,719,000
1.6918E-05
Brooklyn, NY
27
2,592,000
1.04167E-05

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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