Dog bites postman “never a laughing matter” says MP
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Dog bites postman “never a laughing matter” says MP

“Dog bites postman stories” as “just not a laughing matter” according to a local MP. Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff was responding to the news that within the ‘WR’ postcode area there have been 15 dog attacks on postal delivery staff over the last year.

This week is Dog Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of dog attacks on our postmen and women and other key workers. Peter has added his support to this campaign run by Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union.

Peter commented,

“There are lots of jokes about dogs and postmen. One of the classics is “The postman said to the boy, “Does your dog bite?”. “No,” said the boy.” Well, your dog just bit me.,” said the postman. “That's not my dog,” said the boy."

“Well, not only is it not a particularly funny joke – the subject mater isn’t funny either. Since 2011, there have been over 5,500 attacks on Royal Mail postmen and women, some leading to permanent disabling injuries. Attacks have resulted in the loss of 4,100 working days. This has cost the Royal Mail approximately £400,000.

“Dog attacks are a significant hazard, faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. These attacks rise during the school holidays and the summer months when owners spend more time with their dogs outside. So at this time of year we need to make sure the postmen and women can go about their jobs and deliver our mail without risk of a dog attacks.

“I am very pleased that the Government has committed to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to ensure that postmen and women are legally protected when they enter a customer’s garden to deliver mail.”

ENDS

Note to editors

The Daily Telegraph has described the changes to the legislation in these terms:
A loophole in the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act means that under current laws there is no legal redress for people who are attacked on private property. The change will mean that owners whose animals maul people on private property could face criminal prosecution for the first time. Local councils will also be given greater powers to impose a so-called ‘dogbo’ on a pet – an animal version of an antisocial behavior order. Requirements could include forcing the owner to muzzle the animal when it is not in the house.


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