Google Logo Reviews for Accident Claims Leeds site navigation
Dog Attack, Animal Bites - Poorly trained pets, bad dog, dangerous animals compensation claims Leeds

Reducing dog attacks on postal workers

Posted in: Animal Attacks Workplace Injuries 

Royal Mail has welcomed an independent report calling for new legislation with tougher legal sanctions to be introduced against owners of dogs which attack postmen and women.

Over 3000 postmen and women were attacked across the UK by dogs from April 2011 to April 2012.

The report highlights that the legal sanctions currently available in England and Wales when dogs attack people on private property are largely limited to action against the dog, e.g.  issue of a control order or an order that the dog be destroyed.

Tougher measures are available under existing law against owners whose dogs attack people in public places. However, these sanctions cannot be applied where the attack takes place on private property.

This means that for postmen and women – who each have to visit hundreds of private addresses on their delivery rounds every day – the legal protection against attacks by dogs wilst working is limited.

The Langley Report calls on Parliament to repeal current legislation and provide a new statute which removes this loophole, enabling criminal sanctions to be taken against owners of dogs which attack people, wherever the attack takes place.

Such new laws have already been introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The report also calls for the compulsory microchipping of all dogs within three years – to enable dangerous dogs and their owners to be more easily identified. 


Start Your Personal Injury Claim Today

Contact Our Claim Managers Now

Call To Claim With Us And Receive The Compensation You Deserve

Telephone Icon Yellow - Compensation For Your Accident / Personal Injury Claim Managers / Accident Claims Leeds

01132 234 466