Local residents soon may notice a paw print on their mailbox. It’s part of a new Postal Service program aimed at preventing dog attacks on letter carriers.
Dog bites remain a serious concern for postal carriers. As part of the PAWS Program, a dog paw sticker will be placed on the outside of a mailbox where there is a known dog in the immediate area. The sticker will act as a reminder to proceed with caution when the carrier approaches the area. The Kentuckiana District, which covers the local area, is rolling out the program.
Soon, local post offices will place the paw stickers on mailboxes, where appropriate. Mail customers also will receive a card explaining the program.
In addition to reducing the incidents of dog bites and attacks, The PAWS Program may help dog owners avoid liability in the event of an attack, the Postal Service news release said.