Dog Attacks Up; Pennsylvania Postal Workers Not Surprised
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The screen door flew open but the Great Dane just stood there.

Twenty-six years of experience told postal worker Victor Torres to remain still, brace for impact, and position his blue mailbag as a makeshift shield.

Torres said he followed the training, and the Great Dane backed down. Unfortunately, there was a second dog — one that Torres never saw coming.

“I was waiting on the big guy to charge at me, and I didn’t even see the second, smaller dog,” said Torres, recounting one of five dog attacks he experienced as a letter carrier in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania.

Dog attacks are on the rise in Pennsylvania, with 197 insurance claims in 2011 — an increase of 34 percent over the previous year, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Nationwide, dog attack insurance claims are up 12 percent from 26,166 claims in 2010 to 29,396 claims in 2011, according to the institute.

Allstate insurance company recently ranked Pennsylvania fifth among states with the greatest numbers of dog attack claims, averaging $ 30,000 for each incident.

Children and the elderly are the most at risk for attack, according to the American Humane Association. Those in the delivery service industry ranked third among likely victims.

A dog’s tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, so…………… continues on Insurance Journal

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