Dog owners have been sent warning letters telling them their pets should behave around posties. But the letters from Royal Mail to residents in Bradwell left springer spaniel owner Collin Rossini bemused, as he said his dog, Cello, was not aggressive.A mix-up, then? The Royal Mail delivered the letter to the wrong address (perish the thought!)?
Well, not exactly:
The letter, from delivery manager Richard Burton, which is believed to have been sent to several homes, said: “While we’ve been delivering your post, we’ve become aware of an animal at your property and I wanted to take this opportunity to contact you about how we can work together to safeguard our employees from any potential threat posed by us entering your property whilst delivering the mail.”
It said animals roaming free, jumping up at people, snapping or behaving aggressively behind letterboxes and baring their teeth could raise concern. Mr Burton suggested dogs were restrained or mail delivered to an “alternative place” away from their usual surroundings.
The letter finished by saying most dogs did not cause a problem but, nationally, posties suffered about 4,000 dog-related injuries a year.I’m guessing the get-out clause of ‘an animal’ is to cover cats too?
But it seems very general, not related to any incident. What gives?
Royal Mail was asked to comment if the letters had been sent anywhere else in the area, but did not respond.Probably didn’t know whether they had or not!
But it seems that, once again, this was not targeted at areas with known issues, but a blanket ‘all known dog residences’ letter:
Mr Rossini, of Coggeshall Road, said: “It is so reflective of the times. Instead of dealing with the owner of the dangerous dog that is causing the problem, you get a blanket letter like a state dictat. Our rescue dog hasn’t been a moment’s trouble.”Well, quite. And it’s not just Essex:
An animal lover has expressed outrage after receiving a letter from Royal Mail warning her about her dog’s behaviour – eight weeks after her pet died.
The letter, received by Denise Parkin, was one of 600 letters sent to homes across Darlington, following a spate of attacks on postmen and women in the town.At least here, they managed to find someone who could string two sentences together, even if they were form-letter PR rubbish:
A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said: “The safety of our employees is of paramount importance.
“Unfortunately, dog attacks are a hazard faced by our postmen and women every working day.
“In Darlington, there have been nine dog attacks in the past year and a further four attacks in the past three months.
“These attacks cause great distress and, in too many cases, serious injuries. “We are sorry to hear of Mrs Parkin’s recent bereavement and apologise for any distress caused by receiving this letter.
“The letter is simply to raise awareness about the issues our people experience with regard to dog attacks and to work with our customers on this matter.
“Unfortunately, we were unaware of the change in circumstances in this case.”Because it’s just too hard to take this action in those cases where dogs are a nuisance and so Mrs Miggins’ arthritic Peke gets the same letter as Stabby McChav’s alligator-cross pitbull.
Why is this blanket, tickbox action tolerated with the public sector?