Atlanta mail carriers good at avoiding dog bites

Atlanta, despite the tragic headlines, must have some well-behaved pooches.

That, or we have fast mailmen.

Omaha Steak deliveries are their favorite.

Omaha Steak deliveries are their favorite.

Today, the United States Postal Service announced Atlanta dogs have not bitten enough carriers to crack the Top 25 mangled mail carrier list.

For those who’ve had a Pekingese shred an Achilles tendon, it’s no laughing matter.

“Beyond the needless pain and suffering, medical expenses from dog attacks cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog attacks accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims paid out in 2010, costing nearly $413 million,” the USPS wrote in a press release.

So what cities let the bad dogs out? Houston has quite a comfortable lead, followed by San Diego, Columbus, Ohio, and Los Angeles.

Atlanta numbers were not provided, but the real reason we’re not on the list is likely because the city limits of Atlanta are so small when compared to other major cities.

Here’s a badly-formatted list of the Top 25.

1 HOUSTON TX 62

2 SAN DIEGO CA 45

2 COLUMBUS OH 45

3 LOS ANGELES CA 44

4 LOUISVILLE KY 40

5 SAN ANTONIO TX 39

5 ST LOUIS MO 39

6 CLEVELAND OH 38

6 PHOENIX AZ 38

7 MINNEAPOLIS MN 35

7 PORTLAND OR 35

8 DENVER CO 31

8 PHILADELPHIA PA 31

9 SACRAMENTO CA 30

10 SEATTLE WA 28

11 BALTIMORE MD 27

12 MILWAUKEE WI 26

13 CHICAGO IL 25

14 CINCINNATI OH 24

15 SAN JOSE CA 23

15 FORT WORTH TX 23

15 BUFFALO NY 23

16 MEMPHIS TN 22

16 JACKSONVILLE FL 22

17 MIAMI FL 20

17 DETROIT MI 20

18 TOLEDO OH 19

19 OAKLAND CA 18

19 PITTSBURGH PA 18

20 LONG BEACH CA 17

20 CHARLOTTE NC 17

20 JAMAICA NY 17

20 ORLANDO FL 17

21 KANSAS CITY MO 16

21 INDIANAPOLIS IN 16

21 TACOMA WA 16

21 WASHINGTON DC 16

22 LAS VEGAS NV 15

22 STOCKTON CA 15

22 ALBUQUERQUE NM 15

22 FLUSHING NY 15

23 OKLAHOMA CITY OK 14

23 STATEN ISLAND NY 14

23 SPRINGFIELD MO 14

24 HUNTINGTON BEACH CA 13

25 BROOKLYN NY 12

25 SALT LAKE CITY UT 12

25 FRESNO CA 12

25 WICHITA KA 12

25 SILVER SPRING MD 12

25 ROCHESTER NY 12

25 ST PAUL MN 12

25 ST PETERSBURG FL 12

25 BIRMINGHAM AL 12

25 SANTA ANA CA 12

2 comments Add your comment

Fred

May 12th, 2011
10:59 pm

Really? Yo get paid for this ? Are you Paul’s little brother or something?

ReleaseTheHounds

May 13th, 2011
12:58 pm

“…Atlanta dogs have not bitten enough carriers to crack the Top 25 mangled mail carrier list.”

Oh great, Atlanta falls behind in yet another national statistic. Now we’re even getting beat out by Birmingham! It can only mean one thing, we have wimpy dogs.