Royal Mail has welcomed the government’s plans to extend legal protection against dog attacks.
Donald Brydon, Royal Mail Group’s chairman, recently commissioned a report of an independent inquiry into dog attacks on postal workers, highlighting that people attacked by dogs on private property have significantly less legal protection then those attacked on public ground.
It also stated that over 3000 postmen and women across the UK were attacked by dogs from April 2011 to April 2012.
Legislation that offers sanctions over attacks that take place on private property is already in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland and is soon to be introduced in Wales.
The report also called for the compulsory micro-chipping of all dogs to enable dangerous dogs and their owners to be more easily identified.