Royal Mail has revealed that over the last five years there have been around 14,500 dog attacks on postmen and woman across the UK, with around 2,500 in the last year alone.

The fifth annual Dog Awareness Week ran from 3 to 8 July 2017. The week aimed to raise awareness of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women and encourage responsible dog ownership.

Royal Mail and the CWU knows that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened. Royal Mail’s first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of the workforce who provide a valuable service to customers across the length and breadth of the UK and in every community.

Royal Mail and the Communications Workers Unions’ Dog Awareness Week is supported by a wide range of organisations and animal charities including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust, the National Police Chief’s Council and the National Dog Wardens Association.

CWU National Health and Safety Officer Dave Joyce said:

“Seven postal workers attacked by dogs every day of the year is unacceptable and the whole idea of Dog Awareness Week is to highlight the problem and the repercussions for dog owners and the victims, many of whom are seriously injured”.

“Over 70% of dog attacks on postmen and women occur on the garden path or at the doorstep of the dog’s owner home. It just needs owners to restrict their animals access to the front garden or to put their dog in another room before opening the door to collect a parcel or sign for an item.

Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd, who visited CWU members in Pontypridd to help raise awareness of the campaign said:

“Every dog attack on a postal worker is one attack too many. It is shocking that on average there are seven attacks taking place each day, some leading to a permanent and disabling injury.  I fully support this important campaign to keep our posties safe, when they are supplying a service that we all rely on.”

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