The United States Postal Service (USPS) is asking area pet owners to properly restrain animals to help protect mail carriers and other community members from dog bites.
"This is a serious safety issue in our community," said Tina Strauch, Cassville officer in charge. "We're asking that our customers and neighbors be responsible pet owners by making sure their pets are properly restrained at all times."
According to a press release issued by USPS, more than 5,500 letter carriers were attacked by dogs last year. The release also states that more than 4.5 million people, including children and seniors, are bitten by dogs each year.
When dog issues are a continual concern in particular neighborhoods, USPS often considers moving delivery to a centralized location in order to avoid risking the health and safety of employees.
Pet owners are reminded that they can be held liable for medical expenses and other costs associated with a dog bite or attack.
For more information, call Strauch at 847-2890 or visit usps.com.