New York state ranks 10th in the country for dog attacks on postal workers, according to a new report.
The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that the state is 10th for most dog bites reported by mail carriers, citing United States Postal Service data.
Buffalo and Brooklyn tied for 11th on the list of cities with the most dog bite-related State Farm insurance claims, according to the company.
The city with the most attacks on postal workers was Los Angeles.
California also was top ranked for the state with the most insurance claims relating to dog bites.
Next week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
The AVMA advises against running past a dog, disturbing a dog caring for puppies or screaming if threatened by a canine.
“Dogs are wonderful, intelligent and loyal creatures, but they depend on responsible owners to teach them how to behave around people,” AVMA President Douglas G. Aspros said.