Sheffield MP Angela Smith has backed Royal Mail’s annual Dog Awareness Week by attending a drop in session at Westminster with other politicians and sharing experiences of dog attacks in their constituencies.
She said there were 40 attacks recorded across her Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency between April 2013 and April 2014.
MPs and Royal Mail are calling for responsible dog ownership and are appealing to people to keep their pets under control.
Ms Smith said: “I am pleased to have attended the session at Westminster where I learned and shared tips on how to protect myself and my colleagues from dog attacks when out canvassing in Penistone and Stocksbridge.
“Dog attacks are a significant issue faced by postal workers, members of the public and indeed by myself and my colleagues when out leafleting.
There were 40 attacks recorded across the Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency from April 2013 to April 2014.”
On average around nine postal workers a day are attacked by dogs across the UK.
Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability, said: “We’re pleased that Angela Smith MP is lending their support to our important campaign.
“As we’ve seen from our survey, postal workers are not alone in facing dog attacks – politicians experience the same risk of being bitten by a dog every time they canvass or deliver a leaflet through someone’s door. Nobody should face this hazard whilst simply trying to do their job.
“Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers.”