Post ban put on dog bite house
ROYAL Mail bosses have told a postwoman to stop delivering letters to a house where she was attacked by a dog.
Cheryl Smith says she was attacked by the dog on July 26.
The 30-year-old claims the dog leapt over two fences and bit her in the street, knocking her against a fence.
She says she suffered cuts and bruises after she hit the fence and three cuts from the dog’s teeth and two from its claws.
Ms Smith said: “The dog jumped up on me and knocked me against the wall, biting me on the shin.
“I had a parcel in one hand and mail in the other. I used the parcel to defend myself and hit the dog with it which made it back off for a second.”
She reported the incident to police, who spoke to Tina Young, aged 48, of Westminster Avenue, Farnworth, whose address the dogs were at. The dogs belonged to her cousin Mark Holliday.
But no crime has been committed.
Ms Smith said: “The fear I felt made me get in touch with the police in the first place. If that dog got hold of a child, I dread to think what it would do with it.
“I would’ve thought the priority is other people’s safety and not putting them at risk.”
Since the incident, bosses at Royal Mail have told Ms Smith not to deliver further post to the address and that Mrs Young could collect her mail from the local delivery office in Bolton.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We visited Mrs Young to discuss the additional safety measures that could be installed at her address, including a high fence, and we have also explained that this needs to include more protection at the point where the gate is lower than the fence.
“We apologise for any distress and inconvenience resulting from this temporary suspension of her mail delivery, but we will not compromise on the health and safety of our postmen and women. We hope to resolve this matter as soon as possible.”
Mr Holliday, insists Ms Smith was “grazed” not bitten.
He added: “The dogs are well looked after, they’re well trained, they’re just not used to strangers.
“If there’s a stranger, they’ll have a muzzle on. They’ve never bitten anybody before.”