EIGHTEEN postmen and women were attacked by dogs in the Huddersfield area in 12 months.
The figure has remained the same for two years and the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union are now appealing to dog owners to keep their animals under control.
They say the number of dog attacks on postmen and women peaks during the summer holidays.
Figures show that between April 2011 and 2012, 18 Huddersfield postmen and women were attacked by a dog with eight in Calderdale – up by five.
Nationally 3,100 postmen and women were attacked by a dog in 12 months – down 14% on the previous year.
Steve Greaves, Royal Mail director of safety for the north, said: “Clearly most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.
“The number of attacks is unacceptably high and in the HD postcode area it has remained static at 18 attacks a year since 2010.
“Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers, and we regularly provide advice to our people to help minimise the risk of an attack, and have spent over £100,000 on awareness campaigns and equipment to help reduce the risk of injury.
“However, even just being threatened by an unrestrained pet is a frightening situation for our delivery staff and we would appeal to owners to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature.”
Royal Mail has handed out 90,000 ‘posting pegs’ – devices used to put letters through the letterbox and protect the fingers of postmen and women.
Later this year the Royal Mail will post leaflets to raising awareness of the risks of dog attacks in Huddersfield, as well as Reading, Lymington, Morpeth, North Tyneside and Truro – the top areas for dog attacks.
Dave Joyce, CWU National health and safety officer said: “The age old image of the dog attacking the postman is not a laughing matter.
“Thousands of our members are bitten every year and hundreds suffer debilitating injuries every year which leave them with physical and psychological scarring, some with life changing disabilities, and all in the course of doing their job.”
They advise dog owners to keep animals indoors during delivery times, away from the door when signing for a parcel using a letter cage to protect postmen and women’s fingers or having a remote letter box at the edge of the property.
From 20 August, owners of dangerous dogs that are out of control and injure someone could face up to 18 months in jail, compared with 12 months currently. Owners of a prohibited dog could face up to six months in jail, up from three months.