May 17, 2005 10:04 ET

Canada Post: Dog Bites-No Laughing Matter For Your Letter Carrier

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2005) - Although the dog is man's best friend, it is still an animal. Every year, the arrival of the nice weather and the start of school vacation coincide with an increase in dog bites, especially for letter carriers!

Even if your dog seems completely harmless to you, it can react differently toward a stranger and inflict serious injuries on that person. Dogs protect their territory and when children are at home, dogs tend to be even more protective than normal. Any dog, regardless of breed, weight, size or pedigree has the potential to bite at any time. Letter carriers, who carry heavy loads of mail with them in their bags every day, may have difficulty defending themselves in the event of an attack. Your letter carrier must be able to deliver the mail in complete safety. One bite is one too many!

You can make all the difference in ensuring the safety of your letter carrier or any person who must come to your home as part of their job. For example, you could keep your dog inside the house or tie it out securely in a fenced yard or far from the entrance or mail slot. Please do not tie your dog to the mailbox or stairway railing!

Letter carriers know the dangers on their route and Canada Post can suspend mail delivery to a potentially dangerous address.

Your beloved pet's job is to protect your home; the letter carrier's job is to deliver your mail. Help us provide you with excellent service in complete safety!

Note: Letter carriers who have been victims of dog bites are available for interviews.

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