It is just over a week now until the Wallington South by-election where Lib Dem candidate, Steve Cook, is hoping to keep the council seat Lib-Dem-Yellow as a tribute to the late Councillor Colin Hall. But Tom Brake has urged caution to volunteers for all parties when out delivering campaign material, as dangerous dogs can pose significant a threat to volunteers and professional Post Office employees alike.
Every year around 3,000 employees for the Royal Mail are attacked while doing their job. Dangerous dogs can seriously affect their victim’s lives not just physically but there are also cases where people who have been attacked develop crippling phobias and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Dangerous dogs are the sole responsibility of their owners and those who wish to own large or dangerous dogs have a duty to ensure that they are not a threat to the safety or well-being of the public. There would be negative repercussions for the dog and owners, too, as a dangerous dog is likely to be put down which is obviously a tragic thing to happen to a family's pet.
Commenting on the dangers of loose dogs, Tom Brake said
“Dogs which have been poorly trained can pose a significant threat to those whose job it is to deliver our mail. This danger extends to and is even more significant for inexperienced deliverers during this busy by-election. A dog bite is dangerous both physically and mentally and I urge those who have kindly volunteered their time to come out and deliver for those standing in the by-election on the 11th June to exercise caution while out delivering.”