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Canada Post says 'we love dogs' but advise owners to keep their pets inside

Last Updated May 3, 2020 at 11:50 am PDT

FILE: A Canada Post employee climbs into a mail truck in Halifax on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Canada Post says it is experiencing Christmas-level parcel volumes as Canadians do more of their shopping online amid COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Mail carriers in the Lower Mainland continue to face barriers as dog encounters rise.

Canadian Post tells NEWS 1130, “as much as we love our dogs … it’s impossible for delivery agents to know how any dog will react when they approach your home to deliver the mail.”

With warmer weather and more people staying home, Canada Post says they’ve encountered more dogs.

“Every year our employees have about 500 interactions with dogs, with about 150 resulting in a personal injury,” spokesperson Phil Legault says.

“The vast majority of dog owners are great and responsible, but incidents can unfortunately occur and there have been recent incidents in Nanaimo, Surrey, White Rock and Langley.”

To prevent these incidents from happening, Canada Post is asking dog owners not to open their doors during deliveries or allow their dogs to approach mail carriers.

“This makes it difficult to adhere to physical distancing when owners need to retrieve their dogs, and it increases the risk of dog attacks and bites,” Legault says.