Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has welcomed Royal Mail’s fifth annual Dog Attack Awareness Week (3-8 July) by highlighting that it is not only postal workers at risk.
Around 14,500 dog attacks have taken place on postmen and woman over the last five years, with over 2,470 in the last year alone.
Over the last year the postcode with the highest number of dog attacks in England was the BN postcode, covering most of the Lewes constituency, with 64 dog attacks on postal workers.
This danger is present for all those delivering over forms of communications such as political leaflets. During the recent General Election, two volunteers helping Maria were bitten by dogs while delivering leaflets.
Maria said, “It is worrying that the highest number of dog attacks on postal workers in England is in the BN postcode area. We need to do more to educate dog owners about the risks and how they can help reduce them. That is why I am supporting Dog Attack Awareness Week.
“Luckily the two people volunteering for me at the General Election who were bitten, suffered only minor injuries, but it could have been much worse.”
TV presenter and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Ambassador, Paul O’Grady is backing the campaign and said “Many people find it endearing when their dogs are protective of their owners and homes, but this can quickly escalate, no matter what breed or size of dog, resulting in dog bite incidents. You may feel your dog is the softest in the world but other people can be intimidated by their behaviour and this isn’t fair. No one should feel unsafe while doing their job, including postmen.”
Dr Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability added, “While the number of dog attacks on postmen and women has fallen in the last year, the numbers are still far too high. This is why this campaign is so important. We need to keep raising awareness of this serious issue and ask all dog owners to keep their pets under control and be a responsible dog owner.”