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Portland postal workers among the most attacked by dogs in the U.S.

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Dog attacks are on the rise against postal workers in Portland.

The United States Postal Service released dog attack rankings by city for 2015. Portland had 41 dog attacks against postal workers for the year.

That number is up from 31 in 2014.

The 41 dog attacks against postal workers is the ninth-most in the U.S.

Houston had the most attacks in 2015 with 77. San Diego and Cleveland were next with 58 each.

Seattle had 34 dog attacks against postal workers in 2015.

A total of 6,549 USPS employees were attacked by dogs last year.

The agency announced new safety measures to alert carriers about dogs on their delivery routes. One is asking customers to indicate if they have a dog when they schedule a package pickup. Mobile delivery devices used to scan packages will also soon allow carriers to indicate if a dog is at a specific address.

If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to the front door, USPS officials encourage people to keep dogs in a separate room behind a closed door before opening the front door. Parents should also remind children not to take mail directly from a carrier in the presence of a dog, as the pet may view it as a threatening gesture.

If a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail as the post office.

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