A ROYAL Mail worker has welcomed new plans which could help keep the Fylde coast’s postmen safe from dog attacks.
There were 20 attacks on postal workers in the area last year – and now owners of vicious dogs who attack visitors on private land could be hauled before the courts.
Royal Mail has described the new private land legislation as “long overdue”.
The firm had to suspend deliveries in South Shore in 2011 after a dog attack in the area.
Hannah Stott, delivery and collections sector manager for the Fylde area, said: “At Royal Mail we welcome this news – the changes are long overdue.
“Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff.
“Nobody should have to endure that and our postmen and women should not be at increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.”
There are also plans for compulsory micro-chipping of all dogs in a bid to cut down on strays.
And while the measure has been welcomed by Mandy Leigh, owner of Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary in St Annes, she has warned it will do little to tackle “back garden breeders”.
She said: “It’s a good idea but how do you keep on top of it? At the end of the day if a litter of Staffies are born to someone you don’t know is breeding, how do you monitor that because you don’t know where they’ve gone?”