Mary Glindon MP supports Guide Dogs' call to stop attacks on guide dogs
"Attacks on guide dogs by other dogs are at an all time high and running at an average of two a week," according to North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon MP who is backing a Guide Dogs' call to stop these attacks which was showcased at a well-attended parliamentary reception.
Mary Glindon said: "The government is currently consulting on compulsory microchipping but its preferred option is to microchip puppies only. It would then take 10 to 15 years before all dogs are covered. I believe that the Guide Dogs organisation is right to say that this process would take too long and wants to see the compulsory microchipping of all dogs within two years.
Guide Dogs believes the Government should go further. David Cowdrey, Guide Dogs' Campaigns Manager, said: "An attack on any dog is frightening, but for a guide dog owner it is much worse. With more than eight reported attacks on guide dogs a month, the trauma caused by these unprovoked attacks could leave a blind or partially sighted person a virtual prisoner in their own home.
"We welcome Mary Glindon's support for our campaign, and ultimately we want the law changed so an attack on an assistance dog is treated as seriously as an attack on a person."