Sir George has backed Royal Mail's Annual Dog Awareness Week attending a special drop in session at Westminster where MPs shared their experience of dog attacks in their constituency. "One of my colleagues had her finger bitten in the recent Newark By Election, and my wife was bitten by a ferret during one of the campaigns in Andover." MPs were given special plastic rulers, so they could push leaflets through letter boxes with risk of being bitten.
There were 37 recorded attacks on postal workers across Sir George's constituency in the year which ended in April 2014, and Royal Mail has published new figures which reveal that over 3,300 postal workers were attacked by a dog over the same period. "MPs and Royal Mail are calling for responsible dog ownership, and are asking dog owners to keep their animals under control.
Dog attacks are a significant hazard faced by post men and women on a daily basis. On average, around 9 postman a day are attacked by dogs across the UK, some leading to a permanent disabling injury.