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Appeal over attacks by dogs on postal workers

Tuesday July 5th 2016

The number of attacks by dogs on postal workers remains "unacceptable", with over a third of incidents happening at the front door, a new report shows.

Around seven attacks a day are being reported, a fall of 10% over the past year, but incidents usually increase during the summer holidays, when dogs are more likely to be in the garden.

The Royal Mail launched its annual Dog Awareness Week with a survey showing that one in four dog owners admitted they had left their pet loose in the house when a front door was open.

Dr Shaun Davis, Royal Mail's director of safety, said: "As a dog owner myself, I know that the overwhelming majority of dogs are friendly most of the time. But even the most placid animal will defend itself if it feels its territory is being threatened.

"Our postmen and women deliver to over 29 million addresses across the country. We ask them to exercise caution and respect for all family members, including pets when delivering the mail.

"This summer, we are also appealing to dog owners and their families to help reduce the numbers of attacks, particularly at the door and in the garden."

Copyright Press Association 2016