April 30, 2007 09:42 ET

Canada Post: "A Dog Roaming Free Disrupts Mail Delivery" -Postal proverb

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 30, 2007) - The return of the nice weather creates more traffic around the house, especially when school finishes. A door ajar, a moment of inattention and there goes Fido chasing after your letter carrier! And what of dogs of all kinds who, loose or tied up, reserve a "biting" welcome for the letter carrier?

Even if your dog seems the nicest to you, it can react differently in the presence of a stranger and inflict serious injuries on that person. Last year, 56 letter carriers were bitten in Quebec. Any dog, regardless of its breed, weight, size or pedigree, can bite at any time. It can be difficult for letter carriers, who carry heavy loads of mail in their satchels on a daily basis, to defend themselves if attacked. Therefore, it is important for your letter carrier to be able to deliver the mail in complete safety.

You can make all the difference in ensuring the safety of your letter carrier and any other person who must come to your home as part of their duties:

- Keep your dog inside or

- Tie your dog up firmly outside far from the mailbox or letter carrier's path

- Do not tie your dog to the stair railing or mailbox

- Do not give your dog access to the screen door or the letter slot

- Be careful! Do not leave your doors open

Your dog's duty is to protect your home; your letter carrier's duty is to deliver your mail. Help us serve complete safety!

Note: Letter carriers who have been victims of incidents with a dog are available for interviews.

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