Animal attacks on mail carriers prompt more curbside service

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

Animal attacks of Mail Carriers in Wichita (Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30, 2013)

Chisolm: 8

Munger: 7

Downtown: 6

River City: 4

Corporate Hills: 1

Delano: 1

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WICHITA, Kan.-- The number of animal attacks on U.S. Postal Service mail carriers rose to 27 in Wichita. There were 23 in 2012 and 15 in 2011.

"With the numbers going up, that just gives us more reason to take this action," said Ryon Knopik, manager at the Munger post office in Northeast Wichita.

The postal service has moved from door-to-door to curbside service in some routes where carriers have been attacked by animals.

"We don't want to wait for the carrier to get bit and then have to move the box," said Knopik.

The Wichita Independent Neighborhood Association held a meeting tonight to bring together the Wichita Police Department and the Postal Service to discuss solutions.

Police Department statistics show that the overall number of attacks and dog bites have gone down in Wichita. There were 335 attacks and 563 dog bites in 2010 compared to 187 attacks and 509 dog bites in 2013.

"It comes down to responsible pet ownership. It's probably the number one thing we can do to reduce bites and attacks in this community," said Capt. Troy Livingston.

Police and postal service staff will have follow up meetings regarding this topic, including one tomorrow morning.

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