NEW YORK — Pooches in these neighborhoods are going postal.
Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens made the U.S. Postal Service's list of the 25 areas in the country with the highest number of dog attacks on mailmen.
According to the rankings, Brooklyn was ranked 13th nationally, with 27 dog attacks last year, while Jamaica came in 23rd, with 17 in 2011.
Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif., topped the list for the highest number of pooches with a taste for ankles, with 83 and 68 bites, respectively, last year.
The Postal Service was not taking the dog attacks lightly, saying 5,577 postal employees were attacked last year alone — racking up nearly $1.2 million in medical expenses.
“Don’t worry — my dog won’t bite is often heard by our letter carriers before they’re attacked,” said L.A.’s postmaster, Mark Anderson. “Given the right circumstances, any dog can attack.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warned that pet owners should take these attacks seriously, saying 12 to 20 people die each year of dog bites.
To reduce the number of attacks, the Postal Service said that if pet owners cannot restrain Fido, they should pick up their mail at the post office.
The rankings came as part of “National Dog Bite Prevention Week," observed from May 19 to 25.