The chairman of Royal Mail has urged people to keep their pets under control to help tackle the surge in the number of postal workers being attacked.
We know that 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 valuable service to our customers.
We appeal to owners to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature.
It can also be simple things that help - for example just making sure the dog is kept inside when the postman calls.
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