Update #30 ·

Update on April 10, 2013

Great news thank you all for your support

09 Apr 2013

The Government
has today announced plans to change the law to treat attacks on guide
dogs more seriously, thanks in no small part to the hard work of our campaigners. (http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/campaigns/sign-up-for-campaigns-updates/)

In
another success for our dog attacks campaign, attacks on guide dogs and
other assistance dogs will be explicitly covered by dangerous dogs
legislation for the first time.

Under plans announced in the
draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill the owner, or person in charge, of
a dog that attacks an assistance dog can be prosecuted.

Guide
Dogs Chief Executive Richard Leaman said: "Guide Dogs welcomes any
measures that will treat attacks on guide dogs more seriously. On
average, eight guide dogs are attacked by other dogs every month. There
must be better protection for guide and other assistance dogs and
irresponsible dog owners must be held to account."

The news comes after a committee of MPs recommended in February that an attack on a guide dog (http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/campaigns/dog-attacks/dog-attacks-news/mps-urge-government-action-on-guide-dog-attacks/) should be treated as an aggravated attack on its owner.

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