Dog Bites Rise During Holiday Season

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    Dog bites in San Diego are up this year, and with dog bite season upon us, it might get worse.

    According to the U.S. Postal Service, December is a peak time for dog bites and dog-related injuries, with children out of school for winter break and mail carriers delivering a higher volume of mail and holiday packages.

    Nearly 2,700 dog bites occurred between July 1, 2012 and June 30 of this year. The 92113 zip code -- which encompasses areas like downtown, Barrio Logan and Logan Heights -- had the most dog bites in San Diego with 113 reported incidents.

    In the 2012 calendar year, San Diego County letter carriers experienced 75 dog bites/attacks. So far this year, dog bites/attacks on letter carriers are at 89.

    Letter carriers in San Diego will be wearing Dog Bite Awareness t-shirts on weekends while delivering mail as a reminder to dog owners of the importance of responsible pet ownership.

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