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Royal Mail launched today its yearly campaign to increase awareness of dog attacks on postmen and women.
Now in its second year, the campaign comes just weeks after a change in the law meaning that pet owners can now be prosecuted if their dog attacks someone on private property.
There have been more than 3,300 attacks between April 2013 and April 2014. Some of these led to permanent disabling injuries.
On average, around nine postal workers are attacked by dogs every day, a rise of 8 per cent since 2012. Attacks increase in the school holiday season when parents and children are home and dogs are allowed unsupervised in the garden or into the street.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is supporting the campaign. Chief executive Claire Horton said: “We’re keen to ensure owners know what they can do to avoid dog attacks – big or small – around their home or garden. Battersea is offering practical tips to dog owners on how to help their dog be more postman-friendly. Taking that little bit of time to train your dog can make all the difference.”