Every working day six Royal Mail workers are attacked by a dog and postal workers are not the only ones being bitten.

Across the UK as a whole, an estimated 5,000 people attend A&E departments each week for treatment for dog bites. I went to find out the reality behind these alarming figures of attacks by man’s best friend. This piece starts with an interview with Tina, a postal worker, who was bitten on her rounds the week before and includes evidence from Dr Becky Rollett, specialist registrar in plastics; Dr Carri Westgarth, a lecturer in human-animal interaction and Richard Sekula, head of information services at an NHS trust. Mr David Rutley, minister for DEFRA declined to be interviewed due to diary pressures – Dr. Hilary Guite


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