In a case of ‘Man Bites Dog’, Royal Mail employees are biting back against irresponsible dog owners.
As many as 3300 postal workers have come up against an angry pooch between April 2013 and April 2014, walking away with nasty bites and injuries. This has sparked Royal Mail to release the UK’s first dog awareness campaign.
Politician pinned to wall!
Local MPs are joining in on the campaign as the likes of Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, told Royal Mail how he was pinned to a wall by a dog whilst delivering leaflets in his constituency.
In an initiative that aims to help Royal Mail employees as well as others, changes to the Dangerous Dog Act have come into force – ensuring that postmen and women now have improved legal protection in regards to attacks by dogs when they have to enter private property or a customer’s garden to deliver mail.
As there are 29 million addresses across the UK, dog attacks pose a significant threat to postal workers and the public alike.
Reducing attacks through awareness
Royal Mail’s ‘Dog Awareness Week’ aims to help reduce dog bites and attacks and highlight how the public can make a postal worker’s work environment a great deal safer.
For example, dog owners are advised to keep their dog in a separate room when a postal worker comes calling or distract the dog with food. In addition, owners are also advised to close off any access from the back garden to the front to ensure their dog cannot get around to attack.
Andrew Rosindell MP is supporting Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week and welcomes the change in laws that will affect irresponsible dog owners. Mr Rosindell will be hosting a drop-in session for postal workers and around 80 fellow MP’s in conjunction with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust as well as a member of the Royal Mail group Director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability.
Mr Rosindell said: “Too many postmen and women are attacked each year- with the law now strengthened we need to start to promote responsible dog ownership which in turn will help reduce the number of these attacks. “
Postal workers bite back
Since 2012 dog attacks on postal workers have risen by 8 per cent nationally. As many as 9 attacks per day are reported with some injuries causing life changing disability.
Postal Workers have successfully ‘bit back’ against irresponsible dog owners.
By encouraging MP’s to implement changes affecting those people allowing their dogs to terrorise our postal workers, the result is tougher penalties for those who refuse to comply.
What you can do if you have been bitten or attacked
Dog owners and anyone who handles a dog have a responsibility to ensure members of the public are protected. If you’ve been attacked and have suffered an injury, you may also be able to make a compensation claim. If you can, ensure you report the attack to the police, take down contact details of any eye witnesses, find out the name of the owner or handler and try and find out also if the animal has any history of aggression or violence.
Freeclaim Solicitors have a track record of success in dog bite compensation claims.
They will fight for your right to compensation and ensure you get the maximum amount every time. Offering free, no obligation advice, the personal injury and dog bite lawyers at Freeclaim Solicitors can help you on a no-win-no-fee basis. Visit www.freeclaim.co.uk or call their 24 hour helpline on 0800 612 4472 today.