Postman attacked by dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:21 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

A POSTMAN underwent a six-hour operation to save his arm after being attacked by two Rottweiler dogs. Keith Davies, 54, of Royston, was faced with the dogs as he delivered post to a £1.3m property in Gazeley Lane, Trumpington, near Cambridge. He has been

A POSTMAN underwent a six-hour operation to save his arm after being attacked by two Rottweiler dogs.

Keith Davies, 54, of Royston, was faced with the dogs as he delivered post to a £1.3m property in Gazeley Lane, Trumpington, near Cambridge.

He has been in Addenbrooke's Hospital since the incident last week, and has undergone two operations as a result of the incident.

Fellow postal worker Robert Fox visited Mr Davies in hospital.

He said: "Although he's still in hospital, he's getting gradually better. It was a very serious attack."

Mr Davies has worked at the Royal Mail's delivery office in Henley Road, Cambridge, for the last five years.

He suffered severe bite wounds on his arms, back, and legs but was saved by a builder, Anthony Lunn, 44, who attempted to fight off the dogs with an iron bar.

The Rottweilers belonged to the occupier of the property, Rob Stewart, the managing director of Stevenage Packaging and former chairman of Royston Town Football Club.

In the wake of the attack, he has had both animals destroyed.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "Enquiries into this incident are ongoing."

She added that Mr Davies had requested that no further details of his condition be released to the public, but that the last information they had received from Addenbrooke's was that he was in a "stable condition".

Mr Fox is an officer with the eastern branch of the CWU postal workers union, which has been running a "bite back" campaign against dangerous dogs for the last year.

He said: "There are more than 5,000 attacks by dogs on postmen in this country every year, from minor incidents to more serious ones like this."

Dave Joyce, the union's national health and safety officer, added: "My union is not anti-dog or anti any specific breed of dog, the overwhelming majority of which cause no problem at all.

"However, there are a significant number of aggressive dogs which need to be dealt with.

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