Dog Bites Rise During Holiday Season

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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