Guidelines to help stop dog attacks

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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DOG owners are being reminded to do what they can to stop their pets attacking delivery men.

Monday is the start of Royal Mail Dog Awareness Week.

East Hampshire District Council’s Animal Welfare Service is reminding residents that animal attacks involving Royal Mail staff are commonplace and that there are measures they can take to reduce the risks.

The council is also carrying out dog safety talks to Royal Mail employees in East Hampshire to advise them of the risks.

Guidelines issued by the council for residents include: keeping dogs indoors when receiving a delivery, putting dogs in another room before opening the door, and not letting children open the door as dogs can push past and attack.

They also advise fitting a letter box cage to protect the postal worker’s fingers and fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of property.

More information can be found at royalmailgroup.com/royal-mail-launches-annual-dog-awareness-week