West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has thrown her weight behind a Royal Mail campaign to stop dog attacks on postal workers.
Ms Cooper attended a Dog Awareness Week session and wants owners to play their part in reducing the number of incidents.
She said: “With 28 attacks recorded across the West Lancashire constituency from April 2014 to April 2015 on postmen and women I am once again supporting Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week. Dog attacks are a significant issue faced by postmen and women, members of the public and indeed by myself and my volunteers when out leafleting. “
Royal Mail has published the results of a survey of MPs about their experiences of being bitten by a dog and found politicians face similar risks of being attacked by a dog to postal workers when out canvassing or delivering leaflets. More than 40 per cent of respondents revealed they had an incident with a dog.
On average eight postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK with over 2,960 attacks taking place from April 2014 to April 2015.
This is a 10 per cent reduction on the previous year. Shaun Davis, Royal Mail group director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability welcomed the reduction but said the number of attacks is still too high.
He said: “Nobody should face this hazard whilst simply trying to do their job.”