Royal Mail calls for tougher law on dangerous dogs

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A dangerous dog being apprehended A dangerous dog being apprehended

Royal Mail bosses have called for tougher legal sanctions against owners of dangerous dogs that attack postmen and women.

Figures show that 19 postal workers across the Bradford postcode area were attacked by pets between April 2011 and April 2012.

Nationally, in the same period, more than 3,000 postmen and women were savaged by dogs.

An inquiry commissioned by Royal Mail Group chairman Donald Brydon looked into dog attacks and concluded that tougher legal sanctions were needed.

Now, Royal Mail will take a more robust approach to suspending deliveries to addresses where dog attacks take place and will pursue legal action against owners of dangerous dogs.

Mr Brydon said: “Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff. Nobody should have to endure this and our staff are at an increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.

“We welcome the findings in Sir Gordon Langley’s independent report, especially his call for an urgent reform of the laws in England and Wales. We have also taken on board his comments that Royal Mail should take a more robust approach with customers whose dogs attack postmen and women. We will adjust our policies immediately.”

Sir Gordon said: “It is a matter of real concern to learn of the extent and frequency of attacks on postal workers and to find that for a considerable time there has been almost general agreement not only on the inadequacies of the present law in England and Wales, but also on the nature of the reforms required to address it.”

The inquiry recommended that the law target owners rather than dogs. It highlighted that the legal sanctions available when dogs attack people on private property are largely limited to action against the dog, including issue of a control order or a destruction order. Tougher measures are available against owners whose dogs attack in public places.

The report calls on Parliament to repeal current legislation and provide a new statute which enables criminal sanctions to be taken against owners of dogs which attack people, wherever it takes place. It also calls for compulsory microchipping of dogs.

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7:56am Fri 23 Nov 12

Walruss says...

Many years ago when I did a stint as a postman it was really scary sometimes when dogs attacked.

I found that standing my ground and then dropping the heavy postbag on its head worked a treat on many occasions. Growling back, worked as well to a point.

One of the most terrifying moments was when 20 geese came round the corner of the house! I think they were concerned about forthcoming Xmas.
Many years ago when I did a stint as a postman it was really scary sometimes when dogs attacked. I found that standing my ground and then dropping the heavy postbag on its head worked a treat on many occasions. Growling back, worked as well to a point. One of the most terrifying moments was when 20 geese came round the corner of the house! I think they were concerned about forthcoming Xmas. Walruss

8:10am Fri 23 Nov 12

Blotto says...

One of the most terrifying moments was when 20 geese came round the corner of the house! I think they were concerned about forthcoming Xmas

So you've been properly "Goosed" then?
One of the most terrifying moments was when 20 geese came round the corner of the house! I think they were concerned about forthcoming Xmas So you've been properly "Goosed" then? Blotto

8:56am Fri 23 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

These dog attacks seem to be occuring when the postman enters the garden an the dog views them as an intruder. It may be an idea to ask the dog owners to obtain a post box that can be fitted outside the garden? If the dog owner refuses then they should be required to collect their mail from the sorting office. Sure there's a financial outlay for the dog owner but as a responsible dog owner that shouldn't be a problem and those who's attitudes are a bit more lax will be inspired to take responsibility by the inconvenience of having to go out of their way to get their mail.
These dog attacks seem to be occuring when the postman enters the garden an the dog views them as an intruder. It may be an idea to ask the dog owners to obtain a post box that can be fitted outside the garden? If the dog owner refuses then they should be required to collect their mail from the sorting office. Sure there's a financial outlay for the dog owner but as a responsible dog owner that shouldn't be a problem and those who's attitudes are a bit more lax will be inspired to take responsibility by the inconvenience of having to go out of their way to get their mail. RollandSmoke

9:19am Fri 23 Nov 12

webess says...

It's not just postmen who're getting attacked by dogs. Meter readers, paper delivers, phone engineers etc are all subject to dog attacks.

Can't see why anyone feels the need to keep a dog, let alone a savage dog at home.
It's not just postmen who're getting attacked by dogs. Meter readers, paper delivers, phone engineers etc are all subject to dog attacks. Can't see why anyone feels the need to keep a dog, let alone a savage dog at home. webess

10:15am Fri 23 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

I agree Webess.
I agree Webess. Joedavid

10:17am Fri 23 Nov 12

dawnfrombradford says...

i understand as im weary around other dogs that i dont know what i dont want is only certain breeds classed as dangerous dogs as any dog can be dangerous , we have had rotty's fir years which some deem the breed dangerous but there not its the owners that make certain ones dangerous wether its a chihuaua , mongrel ect so dont blame the breed
i understand as im weary around other dogs that i dont know what i dont want is only certain breeds classed as dangerous dogs as any dog can be dangerous , we have had rotty's fir years which some deem the breed dangerous but there not its the owners that make certain ones dangerous wether its a chihuaua , mongrel ect so dont blame the breed dawnfrombradford

10:27am Fri 23 Nov 12

Albion. says...

webess wrote:
It's not just postmen who're getting attacked by dogs. Meter readers, paper delivers, phone engineers etc are all subject to dog attacks.

Can't see why anyone feels the need to keep a dog, let alone a savage dog at home.
Fully agree!

The law actually needs changing so that prosecutions and penalties are the same, whether the dog attacks on private property or public, at the moment the two are different.

Meanwhile, I think the Royal Mail should not only refuse to deliver to any address where a dog has attacked or behaved aggressively, and send all the mail back to the sender, explaining that they are unable to deliver to that address.
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: It's not just postmen who're getting attacked by dogs. Meter readers, paper delivers, phone engineers etc are all subject to dog attacks. Can't see why anyone feels the need to keep a dog, let alone a savage dog at home.[/p][/quote]Fully agree! The law actually needs changing so that prosecutions and penalties are the same, whether the dog attacks on private property or public, at the moment the two are different. Meanwhile, I think the Royal Mail should not only refuse to deliver to any address where a dog has attacked or behaved aggressively, and send all the mail back to the sender, explaining that they are unable to deliver to that address. Albion.

11:10am Fri 23 Nov 12

Outraged English Subject says...

webess wrote:
It's not just postmen who're getting attacked by dogs. Meter readers, paper delivers, phone engineers etc are all subject to dog attacks.

Can't see why anyone feels the need to keep a dog, let alone a savage dog at home.
Totally agree, and rollandsmoke suggestion that “they should be required to collect their mail from the sorting office.” Should, prompt the owners into action.
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: It's not just postmen who're getting attacked by dogs. Meter readers, paper delivers, phone engineers etc are all subject to dog attacks. Can't see why anyone feels the need to keep a dog, let alone a savage dog at home.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, and rollandsmoke suggestion that “they should be required to collect their mail from the sorting office.” Should, prompt the owners into action. Outraged English Subject

1:36pm Fri 23 Nov 12

The Hoffster says...

Destroy all dogs.
Destroy all dogs. The Hoffster

2:25pm Fri 23 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

fine the owners, or tell them to collect their own post
fine the owners, or tell them to collect their own post thruth9211

5:29pm Fri 23 Nov 12

cheeky1 says...

I own a dog and I do know all dogs can be dangerous!even my dog!(but he hasn't been yet)when the postman,meter readers or even cold callers come I keep my dog away from them!even the ones who have to do repairs! My dog helped me when I was depressed and still is doing now!along with my son who has autism he helps us get out for a daily walk and exersize for all!I do clean up my dogs poop to!! So please remember all dogs and their owners arn't bad!plus many dogs help people....destroy all dogs! Where would some of the blind people be if there were no dogs?staying in all day...becoming depressed or even worse becoming obeise?
I own a dog and I do know all dogs can be dangerous!even my dog!(but he hasn't been yet)when the postman,meter readers or even cold callers come I keep my dog away from them!even the ones who have to do repairs! My dog helped me when I was depressed and still is doing now!along with my son who has autism he helps us get out for a daily walk and exersize for all!I do clean up my dogs poop to!! So please remember all dogs and their owners arn't bad!plus many dogs help people....destroy all dogs! Where would some of the blind people be if there were no dogs?staying in all day...becoming depressed or even worse becoming obeise? cheeky1

5:26am Sat 24 Nov 12

thelastmanstanding says...

Tip for any postie reading this.

I once did a stint as a postie for the christmas rush 2010.

After dog attack number 2 (neither of them stuck their teeth in me properly, they just grabbed hold of my trouserleg), i started taking packets of dog chews with me and bribing the dogs with half a chew and then stroking them before entering the garden. Lighten it's mood a little bit.

When I started using that method I never got attacked again.

Oh, and don't put your fingers in the letterbox as that's just plaqying with fire
Tip for any postie reading this. I once did a stint as a postie for the christmas rush 2010. After dog attack number 2 (neither of them stuck their teeth in me properly, they just grabbed hold of my trouserleg), i started taking packets of dog chews with me and bribing the dogs with half a chew and then stroking them before entering the garden. Lighten it's mood a little bit. When I started using that method I never got attacked again. Oh, and don't put your fingers in the letterbox as that's just plaqying with fire thelastmanstanding

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