Wits its graceful trees, old mansions and breathtaking views, Queen Anne long has been one of Seattle’s nicest–and most expensive–neighborhoods. Here’s another distinction. According to official U.S. Postal Service reports, the dogs of Queen Anne attacked more letter-carriers than any other city neighborhood during the latest federal fiscal year.
Of the 28 documented dog attacks on USPS workers–down from 36 a year earlier–three took place on Queen Anne. No other Seattle neighborhood had as many. However, five ‘hoods had two incidents each: Beacon Hill, Central Area, Columbia City, Phinney Ridge and Wallingford. Generally, the attacks were scattered across town, although a wide swath of North Seattle had none.
One neighborhood that really cleaned up its act was isolated West Seattle. Only one attack was noted in the year ending September 30, 2013, compared with nine–25% of the entire city total–during the previous year.
The interactive map above, which I put together with Mapalist.com (that’s who’s asking for a donation, not me) and Google Maps, plots the precise location of each dog attack. Clicking on any bloody red box containing the deceptively cute dog reveals the street address and the option to zoom in the neighborhood. You also can resize the overall map and move the field of view to your heart’s content.
By and large, the incidents–most of them actual bites rather than missed lunges, which the Post Office also counts–were not serious enough to warrant medical attention. The feds provided the reports, variously written in the first and third person, with the location of the attack but, on privacy grounds, the names of all carriers and dog owners deleted.
So I can’t name names. But I can name places with gripping detail! Continue readingShare on Facebook