About 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 USPS letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention.
Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place
DOG BITE NUMBERS FOR USPS POSTAL LETTER CARRIERS:
63 letter carriers were bitten in Houston last year;
61 in Los Angeles;
58 in Cleveland;
53 in San Diego; and
47 in Chicago.
62 cities are in the top 30 because of ties.
Seven cities came in 30th with 11 bites each.
PLASTIC SURGERY FOR DOG BITES:
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says 26,935 reconstructive procedures in 2013 were performed to repair injuries from dog bites nationwide.
DOG-BITE COSTS FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES:
The Insurance Information Institute estimates nationwide, insurance carriers paid out $483 million in dog-bite claims.
This Is slightly less than 2012, when dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out, totaling more than $489 million.
Insurance giant State Farm reports it paid $104 million for 3,700 claims in 2013.
TOP FIVE STATES FOR DOG BITE CLAIMS
Californians filed 449 claims and were paid $14.7 million;
Illinois filed 309 for $8.9 million;
Ohio had 221 claims for $4.2 million;
Texas, 207 claims for $4 million;
Pennsylvania, 180 claims for $5.8 million.
In the same week that a video went viral showing a hero cat saving a little boy from a dog attack, research revealed the cost of dog bite claims has risen 45 percent in the last decade.