Owners whose dogs attack guide dogs face three years jail under new UK law


The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill received Royal Assent and became law this morning.

An attack on an assistance dog is now an aggravated offence, carrying the possibility of a prison sentence for irresponsible owners.

The law includes measures to force owners to curb the behaviour of out of control dogs.

A labrador guide dog was left severely injured following an attack in Alperton back in September 2012.

Owner Kevin Nugent was frustated after there were no laws in place to protect his guide dog.

There is currently no law in place to prosecute dog owners if their pet attacks another dog or animal.

Richard Leman, Guide Dog’s chief executive, said: “An attack on a guide dog can rob someone with sight loss of their independence and freedom, leaving them virtually housebound.

“With an average of 10 guide dogs currently being attacked every month, we are now looking to the police to fully utilise their new powers to deter these attacks, and prevent them from happening in the first place.”

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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