New dog laws are welcomed

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BOSSES at the Royal Mail have welcomed the Government’s consultation on imposing tougher penalties for irresponsible dog owners.

Dog attacks are a significant hazard faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. Since April 2011, there have been more than 5,500 attacks on workers, some leading to a permanent disabling injury. Attacks have resulted in the loss of 4,100 working days due to injuries.

More than 2,400 postmen and women were attacked last year. While the number of attacks has fallen by 24 per cent nationally since 2011, it still remains unacceptably high.

Royal Mail recently held the UK’s first Dog Awareness Week, working alongside the Communication Workers Union (CWU) with support from a wide range of organisations and animal charities including Dogs Trust, DEFRA and Blue Cross. This was to raise awareness of dog attacks on Royal Mail’s postmen and women and appeal to dog owners to work with us to help keep animals under control when the postman calls.

Shaun Davis, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Royal Mail Group said: “We welcome the news that DEFRA are holding a consultation on tougher penalties for irresponsible dog owners.

“Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our postmen and women. Nobody should have to endure this especially because of the job they do.”