Steve McCabe MP Supports Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week

Steve McCabe gives his support to the Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week, supported by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Dogs Trust.



The Royal Mail is campaigning to reduce the number of dog attacks on postal workers and to encourage responsible dog ownership during Dog Awareness Week which runs to the 4 July.


Steve McCabe MP is working with Royal Mail in encouraging dogs owners to play their part in reducing the number of incidents.


Steve is well aware of the risk dogs pose when they are let loose in gardens and on the street, having experienced some near misses when out leafleting in Birmingham and Selly Oak.


Steve McCabe MP said; “It was good to meet with Royal Mail to talk about Dog Awareness Week. Dog attacks are a significant issue faced by postal workers, members of the public and indeed by myself and my colleagues when out leafleting.  Royal Mail, CWU, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Dogs Trust are doing a fantastic job promoting responsible dog ownership and I fully support this important campaign”.


There were 8 attacks recorded across the Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency from April 2013 to April 2014.



Dog attacks on the rise


Dog attacks are a significant hazard faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. On average around nine postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK with over 3,300 attacks taking place from April 2013 to April 2014, some leading to a permanent disabling injury. The number of attacks has risen by 8 per cent nationally since 2012*.


The campaign is being held in partnership with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and has received support from a wide range of organisations and animal charities. This includes Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, National Animal Welfare Trust and the National Dog Warden Association.


Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability said; “We’re pleased that Steve McCabe MP is lending their support to our important campaign.


“As we’ve seen from our survey, postal workers are not alone in facing dog attacks – politicians experience the same risk of being bitten by a dog every time they canvass or deliver a leaflet through someone’s door. Nobody should face this hazard whilst simply trying to do their job.


“Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers. We appeal 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.”



Top Tips for Dog Owners from Royal Mail


Even the most lovable dog can be a danger to postal staff. Dogs are territorial by nature and if they feel they need to protect their family, they can become unpredictable.


Here are some ideas to help your postman or woman deliver your post in safety:


·         Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.

·         If you have a back garden, please close off the access, in case your dog could get round to the front when the postman calls.

·         Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to sign for an item. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.

·         Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered

·         Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible.

·         If your dog likes to attack your mail consider installing a wire letter receptacle.  It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers

·         If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.

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