Eleven postmen are bitten by dogs every day while on their delivery rounds, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
Over the last five years the total number of postmen bitten stands at an incredible 20,528.
The story was run by the Daily Mirror. Dave Joyce of the Communication Workers Union told the paper: “Dog attacks are a major concern for postal workers. Essentially, it all comes down to the owners.”
He added: “The cost to Royal Mail in sick pay is the tip of the iceberg in terms of real costs which include NHS treatment, ongoing medication, prescription and counselling services and even plastic surgery and skin grafts.”
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: ““Dog attacks are a hazard faced by our postmen and women every working day. Our aim is to prevent attacks and to train staff in techniques to keep them safe.”
Request is curious to know many firemen were called out last year to rescue cats out of trees!