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Some of the almost 2,500 dog attacks on postal workers in the UK last year 'could easily have ended in fatalities', a union official has warned.
Some incidents ended in serious and permanent injury, with one postwoman describing blood seeping through her trousers after she was bitten on the leg while doing her rounds.
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The warning comes as the Royal Mail urges dog owners to control their pets as new figures show an increase in attacks on staff.
Some 2,484 separate incidents were reported in 2018-19 - a nine per cent year-on-year rise - equating to nearly 50 attacks per week.
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Tina O'Toole, a postwoman of three years from Warrington, needed hospital treatment, a skin flap graft, and physiotherapy after she was bitten.
She said: 'Once I had delivered the mail I turned to leave the premises when I heard the dog barking and running up behind me.
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