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Royal Mail urges dog control after attack in Boston

Sharron Singer Image copyright Dave Singer
Image caption Sharron Singer had to undergo four hours of surgery and skin grafts to repair muscles, tendons, nerves and ligament damage in her arms

The Royal Mail and a union representing postal workers have urged dog owners to "control and restrain" their pets after a postwoman was attacked.

Sharron Singer, 47, suffered "significant" injuries to her arms and legs after she was bitten on Tuesday morning in Wrangle, near Boston.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said her life had been "in danger" and urged owners to be responsible.

Lincolnshire Police said the dog had been seized and put in a kennel.

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Mrs Singer, who remains in hospital, needed four hours of reconstruction surgery and skin grafts to repair muscles, tendons, nerves and ligament damage to her arm, the CWU said.

Image copyright Sharron Singer
Image caption The postwoman suffered "significant" injuries to her arms and legs after she was mauled by a dog while delivering mail

The CWU said: "Sharron's life was in danger when this attack took place and we are just relieved that she survived. Her life however will never be quite the same.

"I only hope the physical and psychological damage sustained in this attack can be repaired, but it won't be 100%."

A union spokesperson said the dog was "of a powerful, athletic breed".

Lincolnshire Police is investigating but said no arrests have been made. It could not confirm the breed of dog that was seized.

Royal Mail said the safety and welfare of its staff was "paramount" and confirmed deliveries to the house had been suspended.

Morag Turnbull, spokesperson for Royal Mail, said: "Our thoughts are with her and her family at this distressing time.

Both Royal Mail and the union appealed for "all dog owners to be more responsible and to control and restrain" their pets during deliveries.

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