Postal service hopes new technology protects carriers from dog attacks

April 17, 2019 09:53 PM

The Twin Cities are tied for fourth-highest in the nation when it comes to the rates of U.S. Postal Service employees being attacked or bitten by dogs.

A total of 38 carriers were attacked in Minneapolis in 2018, and 12 more were attacked in St. Paul.


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But now the Postal Service is rolling out new technology it hopes will keep everyone safe. 

Hand-held scanners used by carriers to confirm deliveries will now also be able to let them know when they could encounter a dog - beeping to let them know a dog is present at an address.

But the USPS said it is important that the public signs up for the program in order to keep mail running smoothly and ensure the safety of those delivering it.

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