Sacramento places 14th when it comes to dogs bites of mail carriers

Sacramento’s dogs bit postal employees 30 times last year, placing the city 14th in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers.

The U.S. Postal Service released the top 30 dog attack city rankings on Wednesday and offered tips to reduce dog bites of mail carriers. Nationwide, 5,581 postal carriers were attacked by dogs in 2013.

“There’s a myth we often hear at the Postal Service," said Postal Service Manager of Safety Linda DeCarlo. “Don’t worry -- my dog won't bite.”

Among the tips for mail customers: Place your dog in a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate glass windows to get at a mail carrier.

Cities and number of bites:

1. Houston: 63

2. Los Angeles: 61

3. Cleveland: 58

4. San Diego: 53

5. Chicago: 47

6. Baltimore: 46

7. Dallas: 45

8. Denver: 41

9. Columbus, Ohio: 39

10. Kansas City, Mo.: 33

11. Minneapolis: 32

11. Phoenix: 32

13. Portland, Ore.: 32

14. Sacramento: 30