Postman aims to deliver a blow to dog bite attacks
A Welsh postman who has first-hand dog bite experience is helping a new Royal Mail campaign to promote greater consideration from dog owners. David Power sustained mild injuries from a dog bite two years ago when a Spanish sheepdog attacked him on his round.
Mr Power was admitted to hospital to have his wound cleaned and whilst he admits the bite on his bottom provoked ‘much hilarity’ from colleagues, he now wishes to help reduce the chance of more serious dog bite attacks. At the launch of the campaign Mr Power said: ‘I don’t think all dogs are nasty, but it’s something about postmen that sets them off. They seem to be on the defensive when it comes to us’.
A Royal Mail spokeswoman announced that dog bite attacks were a concern. In recent weeks, several postal workers have been admitted to hospital with dog bite injuries. Elsewhere in Wales, a postman from Swansea was attacked by an Alsatian whilst another worker was admitted to hospital in Liverpool for special treatment following a dog bite to his hand
Michael Shakeshaft, a safety director at Royal Mail, said: ‘The majority of dog owners are very responsible when it comes to keeping our delivery staff safe. But dog bites are still a major cause of injury to our postmen and women and the effects can cause considerable distress to those concerned’.