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Mail Carriers Ask Dog Owners To Be Vigilant

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A Davenport postal carrier was attacked by a dog on her route last week. She suffered injuries from a dog bite and a subsequent fall down some steps. The mail carrier still hasn't come back to work.

In Davenport alone, mail carriers have reported three dog bites so far this year, which is high.

Mail carrier Cheryl Chavez feels fortunate to not have been the victim of the most recent attack, but she has been bitten twice before.

"I had an incident where I had four large dogs come through a storm door. I was lucky that day only one was in the biting mood," Chavez said.

"One of them did come at me with a lunge, trying to bite, got an arm."

The Davenport Post Office hopes to work alongside city leaders and law enforcement to alleviate the problem.

"It's not that there aren't laws," said Postmaster Anthony Harris, "it's just that customers aren't enforcing them, law enforcement isn't enforcing them." He says much of the responsibility falls on dog owners --

"We need to see dogs on leashes, we need to see dog's behind fences."

Still, postal workers are taking a proactive approach to resolving the problems they're having with dog bites.

Carriers are making each other aware of properties with dogs, sending letters out to residents asking them to make sure dogs are secured and visiting neighborhoods to look for potential safety issues.

Davenport postal workers plan to attend this week's city council meeting to find out if more can be done to prevent future attacks.