28 Philadelphia mail carriers attacked by dogs last year

This file photo shows a letter carrier delivering mail in Philadelphia. Last year, 28 mail carriers were attacked by dogs. (AP file photo)

Twenty-eight Philadelphia mail carriers were attacked by dogs in 2013, the lowest number in recent years but still placing the city among the top 15 in the country for such incidents.

The Postal Service, which released the data as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, said a total of 5,581 employees nationwide were attacked by dogs last year.

Philadelphia's 28 dog bites put the city in a tie for 15th place. The city had slightly fewer attacks than in other recent years: Letter carriers were attacked 34 times in 2012, 30 in 2011 and 31 and in 2010, according to the Postal Service.

The top 10 cities for dog attacks on postal workers last year were:

1. Houston, 63 attacks
2. Los Angeles, 61 attacks
3. Cleveland, 58 attacks
4. San Diego, 53 attacks
5. Chicago, 47 attacks
6. Baltimore, 46 attacks
7. Dallas, 45 attacks
8. Denver, 41 attacks
9. Columbus, 39 attacks
10. Kansas City, Mo., 33 attacks

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