Dog bites bedevil S.F. letter carriers

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In his 27 years of delivering mail in 's Castro neighborhood, carrier Nery Montano has been “stalked like prey” by a neighborhood dog, flung his mail satchel toward gaping canine jaws in self-defense a dozen times and sprinted down the sidewalk for safety so many times he's lost count.

Such is life for the mail men and women of San Francisco, the city with the fifth most letter-carrier dog bites in the country, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service.

In the past fiscal year, 38 were bitten by pooches in the city, up from 26 the year before. Only Los Angeles, San Antonio, Seattle and Chicago had more bites that year.

“The problem is with the dogs – people assume that their dogs will like us and they expect us not to worry about it,” Montano, 51, said as he walked his route Wednesday. “My personal philosophy is, if they have teeth they will bite.”

A letter carrier visits as many as 500 homes every day, postal officials said. And because this is San Francisco, a city where dogs are rumored to outnumber children, there's often a stir-crazy canine panting and waiting for the postman to knock at the door.

“The minute the owner opens the door, the dog comes out like a missile,” Montano said. “You have to remember, when I go to your place to deliver your mail, I enter your comfort

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    • 3rdstopontheshortbus
    • May 17, 2013

    1/2 way thru i was like “aaahhhh oh man did he get the kitten!? where is the kitten!!??’… think i was a dog in my past life ha

    • Ben Stroup
    • May 16, 2013

    update a vid already!

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    • May 16, 2013

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    • May 16, 2013

    the dog sounds retarted XD

    • Jingle Jangle
    • May 16, 2013

    Ha!!!!!!!!!!! When I first got my Shepherd none of my adult cats would play with her so we had to get her her own kitty.
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    • May 16, 2013

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    • Dean Halverson
    • May 16, 2013

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    • May 16, 2013

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    • May 16, 2013

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    • RailbirdFilms
    • May 16, 2013

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    • joeyunity
    • May 16, 2013

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    • Bella Taylor
    • May 16, 2013

    Please make a part 2 of this great video. Can’t wait to see this adorable dog meet his new kitty pal.

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    • May 16, 2013

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    • Thetacowolfpack
    • May 16, 2013

    I get tears in my eyes watching these lol

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    • May 16, 2013

    omg how do you get your dogs to look like they are speaking it awesome

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