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Customers asked to help prevent attacks

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When USPS knows a dog is at an address, the organization sends the information to letter carriers on their Mobile Delivery Devices.

The Postal Service is offering safety tips for customers during National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

The organization wants customers to:

• Use the Package Pickup option on to let the organization know if a dog is present at the customer’s address. USPS will send the information to letter carriers’ Mobile Delivery Devices.

• Keep the family dog in a separate room when carriers deliver mail or packages to a front door.

• Don’t allow children to take mail directly from carriers because dogs sometimes view this as a threatening gesture.

USPS is also reminding customers that if a carrier feels threatened by a dog or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the animal’s owner and neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at a Post Office until the dog is secured.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which kicked off in San Diego this year, is underway through Saturday, April 14.

The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

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