My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Census enumerator’s dog bites a St. Louis man

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Alright, now this is just baffling. Did no one really tell this enumerator you can’t have a dog with you? Especially one that’s supposed to be quarantined? This could have been much worse than it was, if the pitbull were just a little angrier or even if the victim had allergies. I really hope this is the case of one person acting out, rather than a reflection of a lack of proper training – the Census should definitely not allow anyone to work with their dogs while they’re out enumerating.

Here’s a video from St. Louis’ Fox 2:

Salute to Northwest Arkansas

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

NWANews.com, a news conglomerate for Northwest Arkansas, is the first news outlet to receive MyTwoCensus.com’s Golden Enumerator award. In the past week, their crime watch section has reported two 2010 Census-related incidents of interest to us:

At 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, a man on Grisham Drive was knocking on doors in the neighborhood; he had paperwork and was writing things down. An officer determined he was a census worker.

At 4:25 p.m.Tuesday, a caller reported that a Census Bureau worker was bitten by a dog on Newquay Lane.

This final bit of information about a dog attacking a Census Bureau employee is particularly interesting, as MyTwoCensus still seeks information from the Census Bureau to determine the number of injuries and deaths of field workers while on the job…

Fear and Loathing in Pahrump Valley: Enumerators face off against people with guns and vicious dogs.

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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As hundreds of thousands of Census Bureau employees are now going door to door to verify the addresses of more than 300 million Americans, few people realize the physical risks that these field workers face. MyTwoCensus has called upon the Census Bureau to release statistics that detail how many Census Bureau employees have been injured/killed while on the job thus far in 2010 as well as during he 2000 headcount. While employees of the Postal Service ostensibly also face similar problems to Census Bureau field workers on a daily basis, 2010 Census employees lack the significant training and field experience necessary to deal with hostile individuals/animals/situations.

Also, as MyTwoCensus has previously reported, since Census Bureau employees lack uniforms and formal photo ID badges, they can be more easily targeted by individuals who suspect that someone is trespassing on their property. The Pahrump Valley Times, which serves Nye County in Nevada, reports:

Tony Longo, local Census Bureau supervisor, said crews don’t normally have to knock on doors to verify addresses unless they have a question over additional living quarters on the property.

Longo said a couple of census workers reported dog bites. There was a scary incident at one residence, he said.

“One group was standing in the street at a house on an acre lot and it was tree-lined. He was just trying to verify if there was another unit in the back and the lady sprung out of the trees with a .45 and then her son came behind her with a shotgun,” Longo said. “They were really cool once he explained who he was.”