Dog attacks on Royal Mail employees rise to more than 3,000 a year
The number of postal workers attacked by dogs has increased in the last year to more than 3,000.
According to Royal Mail this is the first time thiese incidents have risen, with an average of nine postal staff being attacked every day and some left with permanent and disabling injuries.
Earlier this year, a new legislation came into force by which dog owners can now be prosecuted for attacks that take place on private property as well as in public places under amendments made to the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Figures provided by Royal Mail indicate that in 2013 there were more than 3,300 attacks on post workers, meaning an increase of eight per cent, “unacceptably high.”
Donald Brydon, chairman of Royal Mail, said: "We know 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.
"Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers.
"We appeal to owners to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature. It can also be simple things that help - for example just making sure the dog is kept inside when the postman calls."
Dog attacks have remained at between 3,000 and 4,000 a year since 2010, with a peak of 4,500 attacks recorded in 2009.
These incidents resulted in the loss of 4,100 working days because of injuries registered between 2011 and 2013.