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Letter carrier dog bites are on the rise in South Carolina

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LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As strange as it may sound, dog bites are the country's most commonly reported public health issue, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Behind small children and elderly, USPS said that letter carriers are bit the most.

The post office says dog bites are becoming more frequent.

So far this year in the Greater South Carolina District, there have been 22 bites, and that's only halfway through the year. Last year, there were 28 all together. One of those bitten was Emily Long, who delivers mail in Liberty.

She said she was delivering a package to a home with a long driveway where she hadn't been before. Three dogs came to greet her, and while they were wagging their tails and the homeowner was outside with them, two of them bit her, one on each thigh.

"The dogs that bit me, they were happy, wagging their tales like normal dogs. They weren't vicious. They weren't.. they didn't seem vicious, weren't growling or nothing," said Long.

The Postal Service realizes many dogs don't usually bite, but they've seen that they can get protective of their territory. A letter carrier may be the stranger that feels the bite.

They hope owners will train their dogs around strangers, keep them inside or on a leash and be careful when getting the mail if a pet is around.

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