Posties living in fear of killer dogs after worker is savagely mauled to death

Postmen and women in Australia are going about their jobs under the constant threat of dog attacks, the country’s postal service has revealed.

Australia Post announced today (December 12) new data that says delivery staff are coming under attack from dogs seven times a day.

In total, there have been 986 attacks in the past five months. In the 2021/2022 financial year, 1,587 attacks have been reported.

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The news comes following the death of 42-year-old Kane Minion, a meter reader for firm Energex who was mauled to death by a dog while he was doing his job on December 3 in the southeast of Queensland.

Australia Post has now stressed that the danger to its employees was likely to increase during the festive period.

Dog attack incidents have gone up 55%, with some 1,000 staff members understood to have been attacked since July.

Australia Post executive general manager of people and culture Susan Davies has stressed the importance of people being responsible with their pets.

Workers are understood to have been left with both physical and psychological injuries after attacks.

She said: “Unfortunately the recent events in Queensland show just how tragic situations can become with domestic dog attacks.

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“And this time of year is a really busy time of year for us with deliveries and so we’re asking all dog owners to be responsible and just make sure they secure the dogs and ensure our posties and workers are safe.”

She added: “One of the worst attacks we ever saw was with two dachshunds so it just goes to show you that whatever your dog is, keep it secured, keep it safe and keep our workers safe.”

Most workers are understood to be attacked either at the gate, letterbox or footpath.

Following the tragic death of Mr Minion, pet behaviourist Dr Kate Mornement told news.com.au: “A dog might attack because it feels threatened simply because an unfamiliar person enters their space or looks slightly different to what they’re used to causing fear or anxiety.”

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