Mark supports call to stop attacks on guide dogs

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Mark Menzies MP has backed a new campaign designed to stop attacks on guide dogs.

The Fylde MP was one of around 150 MPs to attend a reception in Parliament held by the Guide Dogs charity aimed at raising awareness of attacks on guide dogs.

New figures show that attacks on guide dogs are at an all time high and now running at an average of eight a month.

Mr Menzies said: “Guide dogs are wonderful animals that perform an absolutely vital role and its terrible to hear that they are becoming the victims of attacks.

“It is hard to believe anyone would do such a thing. We have to stamp this out now.”

The Government is currently consulting compulsory microchipping but has said its preferred option is to microchip puppies only.

Under this plan, it would take 10 to 15 years before all dogs are microchipped. Guide Dogs believes it would take too long to have an impact and wants to see the compulsory microchipping of all dogs within two years.

Guide Dogs sees the compulsory microchipping of all dogs as a vital first step towards reducing the number of attacks, but 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 Mr Menzies’ 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.”

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