Dog owners remember to keep pets under control to protect your mail carriers

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 It’s that time of year again and the Postal Service, health care providers and animal protection professionals need your help.

Last year, 6,244 letter carriers were bitten or attacked by dogs nationwide. But that pales in comparison to the more than 4.5 million people — most of them children and the elderly — who are bitten by dogs each year.

You can help protect your letter carrier, meter reader, newspaper delivery person and neighbors’ children by making sure your pet is properly restrained.

Be a responsible pet owner. Help prevent the injuries and deaths caused by animal attacks.

This message is a public service of The Pioneer News and your local Post Offices.