Saturday, 13 April 2013

Dangerous Dogs Bill

Guide Dogs Get the protection they Deserve

Thank you to for their article on the New developments on the Dangerous Dogs Bill, well done...

"9 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.

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 should be treated as an aggravated attack on its owner.

It was also announced earlier this year that all dogs in England must be microchipped from April 2016.

Why not sign up to become a Guide Dogs campaigner and help us in future!"

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