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PETITION: protect guide dogs for the blind
Dog attacks are of great concern to Guide Dogs and to guide dog owners. The number of guide dog owners who are reporting dog attacks on their dogs is increasing. Our latest research shows the number of reported attacks on guide dogs has risen from three a month to over eight dog attacks a month within a 24 month period from June 2010 to May 2012.
In most cases the cause of the attack was unprovoked, and the aggressor dog was uncontrolled and off the lead.
The impact on guide dog owners and guide dogs
Dog attacks can have a devastating impact on both the people and dogs involved. Three guide dogs have been permanently withdrawn, and two others are currently being assessed to see if they are able to continue working.
The other major impact is that blind and partially sighted people are left without a guide dog, their mobility aid, and become housebound until they can be matched with a suitable dog.
Some guide dog owners have been left too frightened to go out as a result of an attack. One guide dog owner wanted to move house due to the response of the owners of the attacking dog, who in some cases used verbal abuse against blind and partially sighted people.
Some appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs, and in one case, the owner of an aggressive dog laughed at a guide dog owner during an attack on his guide dog.
Teenager’s guide dog savaged in fourth dog attack in a month in Liverpool park
A TEENAGER was left devastated after her guide dog was attacked in a Liverpool park.
Partially sighted Jayne Massey, 14, from Walton, has had two-year-old Witney since April but the black labrador/ retriever cross was left needing stitches to her ear and antibiotics after another dog “pounced” on her last week.
Jayne, who only has one eye and extremely limited vision, was away on a school trip last Wednesday when mum Marie, 56, dad George, 63, and their grandaughter Ava, 4, took the dog for a walk in Walton Hall Park at about 1pm.
As they left the park a brown and white Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog, who was with a group of teenagers, attacked Witney, biting her ear.
This is the fourth time an attack by a brown and white dog has been reported around the Walton area in the past month.
Marie said: “It was terrifying. As we went by the dog it just pounced on Witney from behind.
“When I told Jayne what had happened she was absolutely devastated and sobbed all night.”
Jayne said: “I was heartbroken when my mum told me Witney had been attacked.
“I just didn’t expect it to happen to her because she’s such a lovely dog.
“Now I’m just worried about how she’ll recover and whether she’ll be able to come into school with me in a couple of weeks. I’m thinking about her all the time and I just hope she’ll be ok.”
Jayne is one of the youngest people in the country to have a guide dog.