Putting the paws on dog at­tacks

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

Aus­tralia Post is reach­ing out to com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia, ask­ing dog own­ers to help keep their postie and de­liv­ery driv­ers safe. This fol­lows 280 dog in­ci­dents re­ported last fi­nan­cial year.

The in­ci­dents have re­sulted in our peo­ple sus­tain­ing a range of in­juries, in­clud­ing frac­tures, lac­er­a­tions and soft tis­sue dam­age.

These in­ci­dents are not just caused by the an­i­mal com­ing into con­tact with our peo­ple, many in­juries oc­cur when the postie tries to swerve to avoid the dog.

Aus­tralia Post trains its peo­ple to proac­tively man­age en­coun­ters with dogs, but we need the pub­lic’s help too. We’re ask­ing dog own­ers to help pro­tect our de­liv­ery peo­ple and their neigh­bour­hood by se­cur­ing dogs be­hind ad­e­quate fenc­ing, en­sur­ing gates are se­cure, and keep­ing their pets away from the let­ter­box and the front door when accepting a par­cel de­liv­ery.

“With the rise in on­line shop­ping we’re de­liv­er­ing more parcels to the door than ever. And this means our peo­ple are in­creas­ingly en­croach­ing the dogs’ ter­ri­tory,” says Aus­tralia Post Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager Let­ters & Mail Net­work, Pe­ter Bass.

“Even small, cute and mild-man­nered dogs can have strong pro­tec­tive in­stincts to look after their ter­ri­tory or loved ones, and this means that any dog can pose a threat or safety con­cern if they’re not se­cured prop­erly,” Bass said.

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