Dog Attacks Growing Concern for US Postal Service

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Dog Attacks are becoming a growing problem for mail carriers in Western New York. According to the United States Postal Service, dog attacks happen to letter carriers 1 to 2 times a week on average. Three years ago, North Tonawanda City Letter Carrier Emily Skuce was viciously attacked by a pit bull mix while delivering mail. Her injuries required 90 stitches and 3 months off from work.

"I was blocking my face but (the dog) eventually latched onto my head and shook me back and forth until I lost consciousness," said Skuce.

The US Postal Service is now sending out an important message to dog owners and is urging them to take extra precautions with their pets.

"Make sure you close doors and gates," said US Postal Service WNY Communications Coordinator Karen Mazurkiewicz. "Also make sure the dog is contained inside the home when the carrier comes to deliver. Quick things could mean the difference between the trauma Emily Skuce experienced as well as the liabilities for the dog owner."