Photos: Top ten cities where dogs attack postal workers most often and Denver's rising rank

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Each May, the U.S. Postal Service compiles a list of the cities with the most reported dog attacks on postal workers -- and in 2013 (using data from the previous year), Denver ranked twelfth out of fourteen. But while that's not great, it's better than Denver's placement on the new roster, which finds the Mile High City moving up considerably, with a dog-attack figure nearly double its most recent total.

Look below to see the photo-illustrated top ten, complete with data from both years and information shared and compiled by the Postal Service about avoiding dog bites whether you're a postal worker or not.

Number 10: Kansas City, Missouri

Photos: Top ten cities where dogs attack postal workers most often and Denver's rising rank

Total attacks in 2012: Not available

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Total attacks in 2013: 33

Previous ranking: Outside the top 14

Avoiding attacks

• Always let a dog see and sniff you before petting the animal.

• If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

• If you are knocked down by a dog, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.

Number 9: Columbus, Ohio

Photos: Top ten cities where dogs attack postal workers most often and Denver's rising rank

Total attacks in 2012: Not available

Total attacks in 2013: 39

Previous ranking: Outside the top 14

Avoiding attacks, continued

• Never approach a strange dog, especially one that's tethered or confined.

• Don't disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

• Anyone wanting to pet a dog should first obtain permission from the owner.

Continue to keep counting down the top ten cities where dogs attack postal workers most often.


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