June 06, 2008 12:00 ET

Canada Post: Dog Bites Aren't Funny

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - Although the dog and the letter carrier is a cartoon classic, Canada Post is spreading the words that dog bites aren't funny. In 2008, 39 Saskatchewan letter carriers suffered dog bites.

"We take dog bites very seriously," said Canada Post spokesperson Malcolm French. "If you have to go for medical attention, if you have to get stitches, if you're off work for days or weeks, if you have to have modified duties for weeks or months, if you have to deal with chronic pain, or a newfound when you see an unfamiliar dog, dog bites aren't funny at all."

While letter carriers are provided with training to deal with aggressive dogs, many dangerous situations develop very quickly - and carrying a full mail bag can make it very difficult to respond quickly. French advises homeowners to help prevent problems by taking simple steps.

- Keep your dog secure inside the house during your normal mail delivery time.

- If outside, keep you dog secure and away from the letter carrier's line of travel.

- Ensure your property is properly fenced.

- When answering the door to sign for a delivery, ensure that your dog is properly secured.

According to French, Canada Post can and will suspend mail delivery to homes where an aggressive dog has been assessed as a hazard to letter carriers. "The problem is, a lot of the dog bites that happen are from dogs that haven't bitten before. Taking appropriate precautions protects both our letter carrier and your dog."

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  • Canada Post
    Malcolm French