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Guide Dogs delighted by Queen's Speech outcomes for assistance dogs

08 May 2013

The Queen’s Speech today has brought welcome news for Guide Dogs' Dog Attacks campaign. This major victory for the campaign will ensure that attacks on guide dogs and other assistance dogs are treated as an aggravated attack in England and Wales.

Papers which have been released alongside the Queen’s Speech state that the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill will include provisions on irresponsible dog ownership:

'Strengthening the powers to tackle irresponsible dog ownership by extending to private places the offence of owning/being in charge of a dog that is dangerously out of control in a public place and providing that a dog attack on an assistance dog constitutes an aggravated offence.'

James White, Campaigns Manager, said "We are absolutely delighted to hear that the law will be changed to make an attack on a guide dog as serious as an attack on a person in the eyes of the law. Our incredible animals need to be allowed to do their life-changing work safely and free from fear of attack. With an average of eight attacks on guide dogs happening every month, the Government must act quickly to bring this new law into force as swiftly as possible."



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