Houston leads the country in dog attacks on letter carriers. Part of the problem stems from Houston having a large population of stray dogs. However, the majority of attacks have been by dogs owned by recipients of mail. Seventy-seven postal carriers were attacked by dogs in 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Last July, seventeen-year-old Miguel Marcial was riding his bike along a rode in Houston after finishing the late shift with his brother. He was on the way to a nearby pharmacy. A few blocks away from his destination, he was struck from behind by a new BMW and launched head first into a tree. The driver failed to stop and give aid, leaving the teenager to die.
Given the state’s population, it is no surprise that California has the most dog bite claims each year. In 2015, over 1,000 dog bite claims were made on insurance policies in California alone. However, with regard to fatal dog attacks, Texas has the highest number of deaths caused by dog attacks each year. In 2015, Texas reported five lethal dog attacks.