This post was most recently updated on June 29th, 2018
David Blunkett, the former cabinet minister and one of Britain’s highest profile guide dog owners, has said that Britain’s dog laws are not protecting the owners of guide dogs which are being attacked on the streets.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, bull terriers and other attack dogs are responsible for more than three attacks per month on guide dogs in Britain.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity suggest that one way to solve the problem would be to microchip all dogs which may encourage a more responsible attitude from their owners as it would enable them to be traced and prosecuted. In one high profile case, a dog owner whose dog attacked a guide dog was sentenced to a three month suspended jail sentence, ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay 1200 pounds compensation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind plus 500 pounds to the owner of the guide dog which was attacked. The problem of attacks on guide dogs is compounded by the fact that the guide dog owner cannot see how injured their guide dog is.