Royal Mail/CWU Dog Awareness Week June 30 – July 4


The 2014 Royal Mail/CWU "Dog Awareness" Week will be a high profile awareness raising campaign aimed at Royal Mail customers and Delivery Staff relating to dog bite injuries, asking dog owners to keep their animals under control. The timing of the campaign is to coincide with the summer school holidays and better weather when more dogs are outside of their gardens and homes, and some aren't on leads.

Dog Attack Warning

Relaxed Attitudes?

As the weather improves and the children are at home, it is more likely that the back door is left open, or the garden gate might be left ajar. If you're a dog owner and you do this, you need to be aware of the risks.

Whilst some may feel relaxed about their dog, and feel that it wouldn't harm anybody, victims of dog bites often feel very differently. As many of our case studies have shown, a dog bite has not only left victims with serious physical injuries, but also psychological scars. Dogs are territorial animals and if they feel they need to protect their family or property, they can become unpredictable, acting 'out of character'.

Why is this Being Done?

Many see the dog biting the postman as a traditional joke, often repeated in cartoons. This however, masks the severity of some of these attacks, which frequently scar, or worse.

The Communication Workers Union have offered several tips to dog owners:

  • Keep your dog indoors when post and deliveries are expected
  • If you need to sign for it, put the dog in another room
  • Don't let children answer the door if the dog can push past them
  • Make sure your dog can't escape the back garden
  • If your dog attacks the mail and could bite a postman's fingers as he puts mail through your letterbox, please fit a letter box cage
  • If it's not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property

If you've been bitten by another person's dog, you may be entitled to make a dog bite injury claim. This is the case where either the owner has been careless as to the risk of the dog, or where your employer hasn't made you safe enough in carrying out your duties, for example they may have been aware of a dangerous dog at a property you deliver to, yet didn't warn you.

Philip Gower, Partner in our Cardiff office will be at an event on the steps of the Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA at 12.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 1st July 2014 to mark the Royal Mail/Communication Workers' Union Dog Awareness Week which runs from June 30th to July 4th. Support all those who have staunchly campaigned over seven years for a new legal framework promoting both responsible dog ownership and safety for those whose job involves visiting some of the UK's 29 million addresses, e.g. postal workers, telecommunication workers, health visitors and district nurses.

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