The classic image of the dog chasing the postie can invoke whimsical and often humorous thoughts. It harks back to the days of the Beano or Dandy where the likes of Dennis the Menace’s dog, Gnasher would regularly torment visitors. These days, we’re more likely to laugh at videos on YouTube of Westies or Jack Russells tearing their way through the mail as it’s delivered.
However, with a rise in hospital admissions from dog attacks, often causing permanent disabling injuries, it’s no laughing matter.
According to official statistics, there has been a 76% rise in admissions over the past ten years in England. Last year alone, this equated to a staggering 7,227 incidents.
Lone working outreach nurses and postmen/women visiting people’s homes are prone to these attacks. Dave Joyce of the Communication Workers Union said: “Over 15,000 postal workers have been attacked by dogs over the last five years for simply doing their jobs.”
MPs also expressed their concern over dog attacks. Survey results revealed that politicians have faced similar assaults when