Posties’ plea: keep your pets at bay

POSTIES are asking dog owners to keep their pets under control this summer.

Forty nine workers were attacked in the G postcode area between April 2011 and 2012.

The school holidays are a peak time for attacks.

Steve Greaves, safety director for Royal Mail, said: “Clearly most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.

“Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a service to our customers and we regularly provide advice to our people to help minimise the risk of an attack and have spent over £100,000 on awareness campaigns and equipment to help reduce the risk of injury.

“Just being threatened by an unrestrained pet is frightening and we appeal to owners to keep pets under control, especially if they have a territorial nature.”