May 11, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
Letter carriers in Austrian have recently begun carrying a second mail bag but they are not complaining and it’s not because of mail overload.
Aggressive dogs can make delivering the mail so difficult, the post office is outfitting each letter carrier with a bag of doggie treats.
Nationwide, 47 carriers were bitten by dogs last year. Post office spokesman Michael Homola said Monday that two weeks into the trial it’s too early to say whether the strategy is working.
But the state broadcaster quotes letter carrier Maria Stocker as saying the treats are making a difference.