CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Warm weather means more open doors and more pets outside. It also means mail carriers are more at risk for dog attacks.
The United States Postal Service reported more than 6,500 mail carriers attacked by dogs in 2015.
In a report released earlier this week, USPS ranked the top 30 cities reporting dog attacks with Houston, San Diego and Cleveland receiving top rankings.
It's a story that Cleveland U.S. mail carrier Martel Norris knows about all too well.
Last summer, while delivering mail in the Glenville neighborhood, Norris was attacked by a dog and forced off the job for two weeks while recovering from injuries.
"I was on my next delivery just crossing over someone's driveway soon as the dog seen me it went charging instantly. I reached for my spray couldn't get it out in time, cuz two seconds, he was at my leg," recalled Norris.
The bite eventually caused a blood clot, requiring Norris to have surgery.
"There's a myth we often hear at the Postal Service: Don't worry, my dog won't bite," said USPS Regional Spokesman David Van Allen. "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."
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
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