Two postmen every month attacked by dogs in Bournemouth and Poole

Two postmen every month attacked by dogs in Bournemouth and Poole

Two postmen every month attacked by dogs in Bournemouth and Poole

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ROYAL Mail is urging Bournemouth residents to take responsibility for their pets in a bid to reduce the number of dog attacks on postmen.

The latest statistics released by the firm show there were 25 recorded dog attacks on postmen and in the BH postcode area between April 2013 and April 2014.

As part of its annual Dog Awareness Week campaign, the company is appealing to dog owners to take precautions to reduce the number of attacks on its staff.

Royal Mail delivery director Shiona Rolfe said: “We know that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.

“We appeal to dog owners in the area 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.”

The latest statistics show there was a four per cent decrease in the number of recorded dog attacks in the Bournemouth area last year, however the firm says more still needs to be done to address the problem.

Ms Rolfe said: “Last year there were still too many incidents in the BH postcode area and we need to reduce this number further as even one dog attack on our people is one too many.”

During the week-long campaign, which runs until July 4, Royal Mail is urging dog owners to take measures to protect postmen and women.

They include ensuring the dog is out of the way when the postman arrives, giving the animal food or a toy to keep it occupied when the post is being delivered and installing a wire let receptacle or a mailbox on the edge of the property.

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11:44am Thu 3 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

give the posties tasers to protect themselves against the dogs.
give the posties tasers to protect themselves against the dogs. burgerboy
  • Score: 6

1:08pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

I used to get 2 a day when I had a paper round back in the olden days
I used to get 2 a day when I had a paper round back in the olden days Pablo23
  • Score: 1

1:19pm Thu 3 Jul 14

crispy_pants says...

Poor guys. Why do the dogs just pick on the two postmen?
Poor guys. Why do the dogs just pick on the two postmen? crispy_pants
  • Score: 4

2:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

At least they are not delivering as much junk mail as they used to,most is by e-mail. Wish I could have a "cyber dog" to attack the senders of that!!!
At least they are not delivering as much junk mail as they used to,most is by e-mail. Wish I could have a "cyber dog" to attack the senders of that!!! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

crispy_pants wrote:
Poor guys. Why do the dogs just pick on the two postmen?
I know its awful you can see the one in the photo has had a his hair bitten off on the top!
[quote][p][bold]crispy_pants[/bold] wrote: Poor guys. Why do the dogs just pick on the two postmen?[/p][/quote]I know its awful you can see the one in the photo has had a his hair bitten off on the top! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

losthope says...

"ROYAL Mail is urging Bournemouth residents to take responsibility for their pets in a bid to reduce the number of dog attacks on postmen."

So it's okay for dog owners in Poole not to control their animals? What did our posties do to deserve that? The ones who deliver to me have always done a great job.
"ROYAL Mail is urging Bournemouth residents to take responsibility for their pets in a bid to reduce the number of dog attacks on postmen." So it's okay for dog owners in Poole not to control their animals? What did our posties do to deserve that? The ones who deliver to me have always done a great job. losthope
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Thu 3 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

“It can also be simple things that help – for example just making sure the dog is kept inside when the postman calls.”

My neighbour stays in her bed when he calls anyway.Too early.
“It can also be simple things that help – for example just making sure the dog is kept inside when the postman calls.” My neighbour stays in her bed when he calls anyway.Too early. BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

9:22pm Thu 3 Jul 14

MaxReturn says...

The law has changed now making owners responsible at all times for their dog's behaviour.. Owners who have dogs which attack others should be prosecuted . There is no place for dog attacks against those going about their lawful duty in a modern society. Royal Mail should refuse to deliver to such addresses to protect their employees under health and safety legislation. And yes I am a dog owner having a trained obedient animal. I make it my business to see she is not a problem to others. For the record she gives our postie a friendly welcome.
The law has changed now making owners responsible at all times for their dog's behaviour.. Owners who have dogs which attack others should be prosecuted . There is no place for dog attacks against those going about their lawful duty in a modern society. Royal Mail should refuse to deliver to such addresses to protect their employees under health and safety legislation. And yes I am a dog owner having a trained obedient animal. I make it my business to see she is not a problem to others. For the record she gives our postie a friendly welcome. MaxReturn
  • Score: 2

11:17am Fri 4 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

Rm Delivery Director Ms Rolfe. Wasnt that the dog in the Muppets?
Rm Delivery Director Ms Rolfe. Wasnt that the dog in the Muppets? s-pb2
  • Score: 1

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