AT LEAST seven postal workers are attacked by dogs every day while doing their rounds, their union CWU said yesterday.
A report by Royal Mail said that last year there were around 2,470 attacks, leaving some postal workers with permanent and disabling injuries.
The report coincides with the start of the fifth Dog Awareness Week campaign, aimed at encouraging owners to keep their dogs under control.
CWU safety officer Dave Joyce said: “Seven postal workers attacked by dogs every day of the year is unacceptable and the whole idea of Dog Awareness Week is to highlight the problem and the repercussions for dog owners and the victims, many of whom are seriously injured.
“Over 70 per cent of dog attacks on postmen and women occur on the garden path or at the doorstep of the dog owner’s home.
“It just needs owners to restrict their animals’ access to the front garden or to put their dog in another room before opening the door to collect a parcel or sign for an item.”
Royal Mail’s Dr Shaun Davis added: “There have been around 14,500 attacks on our postmen and women over the last five years, with over 2,400 this year alone.
“Some of these attacks have led to extremely serious and life-changing injuries and this is unacceptable.”