Dog attacks on our posties are not a laughing matter
It has been revealed that no fewer than 67 postmen and women were attacked by dogs across Northern Ireland last year, an increase of some 20% on the previous year.
This scenario is often the stock-in-trade of cartoonists and comedians, but it is no laughing matter, and people affected know the outcome only too well. Dog attacks can cause serious injury, as well as leaving a legacy of apprehension and fear. People have a right to do their job in safety.
These pets can be a man or woman's best friend, and often are, but some are dangerous and it is up to owners to keep them under control. Otherwise they should face appropriate penalties for failing to do so.