Andrew Gwynne MP visited Denton Delivery Office to hear first hand about the problems of dog attacks on Royal Mail’s postmen and women and to give his support to their important campaign.
Royal Mail is holding its annual Dog Awareness Week, during the week commencing Monday 30 June, working in partnership with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) with support from a wide range of organisations and animal charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, National Animal Welfare Trust, and the National Dog Wardens Association.
Dog Awareness Week aims to raise understanding of dog attacks, the need for responsible dog ownership as well as appealing to dog owners to keep animals under control when the postman calls to over 29 million addresses across the UK six days a week.
Dog attacks are a significant hazard, faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. Over 3,000 dog attacks take place every year some leading to a permanent disabling injury. Royal Mail is committed to driving this down further.
Most dogs are not inherently dangerous, but even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened. Andrew joined Royal Mail in appealing 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.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Having been bitten by a dog when out campaigning myself I was keen to hear what Royal Mail is doing to prevent postmen and women from being attacked when they are out delivering the post in my Denton and Reddish constituency.
“Too many people are victims of dog attacks each year and the change in law which came into force last month will help to promote responsible dog ownership.”
Mick Wissett, Safety, Health and Environment Advisor, said:
“It was great Andrew Gwynne MP visited us today to hear about the work we are doing to prevent dog attacks on our postmen and women.
“I am sure the tips and the posting peg we have given will protect him should he ever be put in a dangerous position again.”