Royal Mail appeal over dog attacks on its staff members

Royal Mail is appealing to dog owners in Northern Ireland to work with them to help keep animals under control when the postman calls.

In the last year 73 postmen and women were attacked across Northern Ireland by dogs (from April 2012 to April 2013).

That figure is down from 89 in the previous year and Royal Mail are committed working with customers to drive this number down even further.

A spokesman said: “We are working alongside the Communication Workers Union (CWU) with support from a wide range of organisations and animal charities including the Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, Wood Green and the Association of Dog Wardens during Dog Awareness Week.

“Dog attacks are a significant hazard, faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. The number of attacks rises during the school holidays and in the summer months when parents and children are at home and dogs are sometimes allowed unsupervised in the garden or out onto the streets without restraints.

“Since April 2011, there have been over 5,500 attacks on Royal Mail postmen and women across the UK, some leading to a permanent disabling injury. Attacks have resulted in the loss of 4,100 working days.”