Boston Postwoman Severely Injured In Horror Dog Attack After Being Savaged By Two Dobermans:
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Postwoman Sharron Singer received 19 separate injuries when she was pounced on by two large powerful Doberman dogs at an address in Wrangle, near Boston on Monday 3rd July.
The most serious of the injuries to her arm required four hours of complex reconstruction surgery and skin grafts to repair muscles, tendons, nerves and ligament damage. She is currently in the Boston Pilgrim Hospital.
Sharron does the delivery round in Wrangle, just outside Boston which she shares with her husband David on different days of the week and ironically either one of them could have ended up as the victim.
There was no knowledge of the presence of these dogs, which apparently arrived at the house only a couple of days prior to the attack as Sharon entered the address to deliver mail to the occupants. The two big dogs which are of a powerful, athletic breed attacked very quickly and aggressively and came at Sharron from nowhere, unexpectedly without warning. This breed of dog is used by Police forces and the military in various countries in Europe. Sharon remains in hospital and will have to undergo extensive treatment and further operations to treat her various serious injuries. Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to the address and the Communication Workers Union is assisting Sharon and David and working with Royal Mail in relation to the shock to work colleagues at Boston Delivery Office.
Sharron has been through what can only be described as a terrible, terrifying ordeal, which I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. A Police investigation is underway and those responsible for the irresponsibility and reckless ownership of these potentially dangerous animals should face the full force of the law in due course if, as expected, the Dangerous Dogs Act has been breached. Sharon’s life was in danger when this attack took place and we are just relieved that she survived. Her life however will never be quite the same. I only hope the physical and psychological damage sustained in this attack can be repaired, but it won’t be 100%. It never is in such cases.
Last week was Royal Mail/Communication Workers Union National Dog Awareness Week because seven postal workers are attacked and injured by dogs every day in the UK. 2,500 a year and 15,000 in the last five years. It’s ironic that Sharon should suffer such an appalling attack during Dog Awareness Week. We have been appealing publicly for dog owners to be more responsible and to control and restrain their animals when postmen and women deliver their mail, packets and parcels, six days a week, 52 weeks a year and to 29 million addresses. The public enjoy a first class service from Royal Mail which is the best in the world and everybody looks forward these days to their mail order items being delivered by their local postman or post woman. Unfortunately however, some of them, but a minority, don’t give any thought to the safety of the ordinary postman or woman when they bring their mail to their door. Postal workers deserve, and are entitled, to be safe at work wherever they go and to go home at the end of the day as fit and as healthy as when they arrived in the morning – not as in too many cases, when they end up like Sharon, being taken to hospital in an ambulance with serious life changing injuries”.
The Dogs have been seized by the Police and a Criminal Investigation is underway. Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to the address indefinitely. Further reports will be made in due course as the investigation and potential prosecution case develops and continues.
Top Tips for Dog Owners
During Dog Awareness Week the Union along with Royal Mail have been promoting “Responsible Dog Ownership” through a number of simple Dog Safety tips as set out below:-
Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Put the dog in a secured room or place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.
If you have a back garden, please close off the access, in case your dog could get round to the front when the postman calls.
Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to collect or sign for an item. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.
Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered
Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway or outside. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible. Check the Postman/Woman has left and the garden gate is shut.
If your dog likes to attack your mail coming through the door then consider installing a wire letter receptacle. It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers.
If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.
Please ensure your dog is microchipped, wearing a collar and tag and that your contact details on the tag and microchip are up to date (Both are required by Law).
Dog Awareness Week Video:- https://we.tl/1ViCj5S1pO
Attachment:- Photographs of some of Boston Postwoman victim Sharon Singer’s Injuries which have been released with the full consent of the member and her husband, both CWU members, in order to highlight the Dangerous Dogs/Irresponsible Owner risk to Postal Workers, in the hope of further raising awareness and that lessons can be learned and future attacks on fellow delivery members can be avoided by owners following the above ‘Top Tips’. ‘WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES’
Thanks:- On behalf of CWU/HQ we send our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Sharon Singer and I would like to thank Sharon and David for their agreement and willingness to support full open publicity regarding the details of the attack along with the Injury Photographs. Finally my thanks to all the Eastern No5 Branch Area and Local Reps for their involvement and support and the support of all the Boston DO members.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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