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Recommendations for tackling dog attacks on postal workers

Posted in: Animal Bites 

An independent inquiry into dog attacks on postal workers has published its report, which calls for tougher legislation against the owners of dangerous dogs.

The Langley Report highlights that over 3000 postmen and women were attacked across the UK by dogs from April 2011 to April 2012, and that current legal protection from these attacks is limited.

The report calls on Parliament to repeal current legislation and provide a new statute that will enable criminal sanctions to be taken against owners of dogs which attack people, wherever the attack takes place.

Royal Mail has announced that it will act on the report’s recommendations by:

  • Taking a more robust approach to suspension of delivery for any addresses where dog attacks occur, and;
  • Actively pursuing legal action – or supporting its people in taking legal action – against the owners of dangerous dogs.

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