AN MP has thrown his support behind Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week after being bitten while delivering leaflets.
George Hollingbery, who represents the Meon Valley, suffered cuts to his hand when he was attacked by a dog through a letterbox while out campaigning.
He said: ‘Luckily my injury, although quite bloody, was not serious and did not require stitches. But saying that, it was only really luck that allowed me to avoid something more serious.’
There are around 3,000 dog attacks on posties every year.
Since May 2014 an amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act means a person is legally protected if they are attacked by a dog while on private property, including a garden or the communal area of a block flats.
Mr Hollingbery said: ‘I’m very keen to support Dog Awareness Week later this month to try and highlight the problem.
‘I do urge anyone who is attacked by a dog to report the incident and remember the amendment to the law. I also urge dog owners, the vast majority of whom are responsible, to always try and ensure their property is safe for people to deliver to.’
The awareness week starts on June 29.