CWU Responds To Tragic 3-Years Old Halstead Essex Boy's Dog Attack Death
The CWU, which represents the largest number of dog attack victims in the UK, has today expressed its condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and friends and of the latest 3-years old dog attack fatality victim Dexter Neal in Halstead, Essex, coming just a week after a 52 years old man was killed in Huddersfield - which occurred a short distance from where one of its members was savaged and severely injured in a dog attack in the same area.
3000-4000 Postmen and Women are attacked by dogs every year and two have been nearly killed, delivering the Mail.
According to CWU statistical records this is the UK's 34th Dog Attack Death - 18 Children and 16 Adults with all but 3 of them occurring since 2005 which indicates the steep rise over the last decade.
Dave Joyce, CWU national health and safety officer, who spearheaded the union’s successful ‘Bite-Back’ campaign to revise the UK’s dangerous dogs laws, said:
Referring to law changes the union had campaigned for, Dave added:
The CWU successfully campaigned for changes to the UK's dog control laws through its 'Bite Back' campaign, which was set up in 2008 following near-fatal attacks on two postal workers in Sheffield and Cambridge. CWU's campaign has achieved new Dangerous Dogs Act Laws across the UK.
The CWU campaigned for seven years to get the law changes in Scotland, then Northern Ireland in 2011 and finally in England and Wales in 2014. Over that period, 30,000 postmen and women and hundreds of telecom engineers were attacked by dogs, with many seriously injured.
Some 70 per cent of these attacks on Postal Workers take place on private property where irresponsible owners were previously immune from criminal prosecution. The changes extended the law to apply everywhere plus introduced extended police seizure powers and tougher sentences of up to 14 years in jail and unlimited fines. Recently an Essex Dog Owner was fined £8,800 when his dog bit off the finger tips of a Postwoman, signalling a big increase in Fine Levels following new Court Sentencing Guidance from the Sentencing Council.
Dave Joyce concluded:
Source: CWU / Dave Joyce