Dogs and postal service employees have always been a dangerous combination, and in Ohio that’s especially true, a U.S. Postal Service study shows.

In 2018, the report said 304 dog attacks on postal workers took place in the state.

That’s 41 less than in 2017, but still enough to place the state fourth in the nation. Only California (794 attacks), Texas (462) and New York (339) ranked higher.

The study shows three Ohio cities in the nation’s top 25.

Cleveland was fourth, with 50 reported attacks. It trailed only Houston (75), Los Angeles (60), and Philadelphia (51).

Columbus ranked eighth in the nation, with 37 reported attacks.

Akron reported 13 attacks; Barberton, three; and Stow, two.

Nationally, 5,714 dog attacks on postal workers were reported in 2018, down about 500 since 2017. According to Linda DeCarlo, attacks have been declining for the last couple of years due to the use of scanners that alert postal workers about the presence of roving Rovers.

The Postal Service issued the report in advance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs from Sunday through April 20. The week is an annual event to educate Americans on how to prevent dog bites.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, insurers paid $675 million in claims related to dog bites in 2018. In 2017, almost 350,000 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal dog-related injuries.