Canada Post is asking residents to be aware of their dogs to avoid any bites to letter carriers (File contributed/ Canada Post)

Canada Post workers are asking owners to keep dogs secure

Dozens of letter carriers are bitten in Victoria every year

As the weather improves and more people enjoy time outside, Canada Post is asking people to remain conscientious of their dogs to improve safety for letter carriers.

Canada Post says that approximately 41 per cent of households on their routes have dogs.

“Generally if people keep pets they’re a positive part of the family,” said Kevin Pearson, manager of operations in Greater Victoria. “A lot of the times, dogs are doing their jobs and guarding their property… We’re just asking owners to take a couple of extra seconds to make sure their dog is secure.”

Canada Post is asking residents to be aware of their dogs to avoid any bites to letter carriers (File contributed/ Canada Post)

Pearson said every year, dozens of letter carriers in Greater Victoria and hundreds across Canada get bitten by dogs.

READ MORE: Postal worker suffers dog attack

“It’s almost daily that there’s interactions with dogs; they don’t always end up with injuries or a bite but it’s ongoing,” Pearson said. “One of the most dramatic bites I’ve seen happened in the last year, and the letter carrier needed more than three dozen stitches.”

Pearson added that the physical injuries heal, but that fear and trauma can stay a lot longer.

“We’re not trying to offend anyone with pets,” he said. “Many of us have dogs ourselves… but it’s an issue.”

ALSO READ: Two dogs and owner rescued from elevator after leash snags on door

If letter carriers feel threatened, they are not obligated to deliver the mail.

“Our motto is ‘if in doubt, get out’ but we want to do the best we can for our customers,” Pearson said.

There are over 300 letter carriers in Victoria, and to improve their safety pet owners can ensure that fences are closed, that screen doors are locked, and that the dogs are secured before answering their door.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mental Health: Stigma leads to a life on the streets

People with severe mental illness disproportionately impacted by homelessness

Financial relief for Victoria residents includes no 2020 property tax increase

‘Significant and long-awaited decisions’ made by council, mayor says

COVID-19: Immigrants face language, financial barriers during crisis

Citizenship events halted, permanent residency applications still being processed

Victoria police safely recover items stolen from Sikh temple

A man broke into the Khalsa Diwan Society Victoria and stole religious and ceremonial items

Victoria police seek information on nine suspicious fires

The fires took place between March 5 and April 9 across Victoria and Esquimalt

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

VIDEO: Community rallies around Campbell River fire victims

Emergency Social Services volunteers logged over 100 hours in first day after fire

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

Most Read