Bow Ouch! 30 Worst Cities for Dog Bite Attacks

 
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Dog Bite/Animal Bite/Attacks

By Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief

If you live in Los Angeles, Houston, San Diego, Chicago or Dallas, you are more likely to be bitten by a dog than any other cities in the country, according to the Postal Service's Top Dog Attack Rankings by City.

“There’s a myth we often hear at the Postal Service: Don’t worry, my dog won’t bite,” said Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo. “Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership.”

Of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually, half of all victims are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Postal Service, the medical community, veterinarians and the insurance industry are working together to educate the public that dog bites are avoidable.

In many cases, dog bite victims recover damages in court. See for example:

You can usually collect damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future cosmetic surgery costs

According to the law firm Gordon & Doner, the most dangerous dog breeds are pit bull terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Husky, wolf-dog hybrid, malamute, Doberman Pinscher, chow chow, Great Dane and St. Bernard. Click to get answers to your Questions about Dog Bites.

2014 Dog Attack Rankings by City

(Note: A total of 5,767 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2014. Eighty cities comprise the top 30 rankings as some cities reported the same number of attacks.)

Ranking

City, State

2014 Dog Attacks

1

LOS ANGELES, CA

74

2

HOUSTON, TX

62

3

SAN DIEGO, CA

47

4

CHICAGO, IL

45

5

DALLAS, TX

43

6

DENVER, CO
LOUISVILLE, KY

40

7

ST LOUIS, MO

38

8

CLEVELAND, OH

37

9

PHOENIX, AZ

35

10

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
PHILADELPHIA, PA

33

11

KANSAS CITY, MO
PORTLAND, OR

30

12

SACRAMENTO, CA

29

13

DETROIT, MI
SEATTLE, WA

28

14

LONG BEACH, CA
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
BALTIMORE, MD

27

15

MIAMI, FL
WICHITA, KS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
FORT WORTH, TX

25

16

CINCINNATI, OH
SAN ANTONIO, TX

24

17

CHARLOTTE, NC

23

18

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
COLUMBUS, OH

22

19

OAKLAND, CA

21

20

SAN JOSE, CA
PITTSBURGH, PA

20

21

LAS VEGAS, NV

19

22

NEW ORLEANS, LA
ROCHESTER, NY
DAYTON, OH

18

23

FRESNO, CA
RICHMOND, VA

17

24

PASADENA, CA
ALBUQUERQUE, NM

16

25

RICHMOND, CA

15

26

ORLANDO, FL
OMAHA, NE
BUFFALO, NY
FLUSHING, NY
AKRON, OH
TULSA, OK

14

27

RIVERSIDE, CA
MEMPHIS, TN
AUSTIN, TX
EL PASO, TX

13

28

ARLINGTON, VA
NORFOLK, VA

12

29

CHULA VISTA, CA
FT LAUDERDALE, FL
DES MOINES, IA
EVANSVILLE, IN
LEXINGTON, KY
SPRINGFIELD, MO
RALEIGH, NC
JAMAICA, NY
SYRACUSE, NY
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
ALEXANDRIA, VA
TACOMA, WA
MILWAUKEE, WI

11

30

BIRMINGHAM, AL
LITTLE ROCK, AR
WHITTIER, CA
PUEBLO, CO
WASHINGTON, DC
JACKSONVILLE, FL
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
KANSAS CITY, KS
WILMINGTON, NC
STATEN ISLAND, NY
TOLEDO, OH
PASADENA, TX
SPOKANE, WA

10

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA

74

2

HOUSTON, TX

62

3

SAN DIEGO, CA

47

4

CHICAGO, IL

45

5

DALLAS, TX

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