In March 2014 the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was passed. This new law will mean allowing your dog to attack an assistance dog will be treated as an aggravated offence with penalties of up to three years imprisonment.
Thank you so much to all our supporters who have helped us reach this historic moment after years of campaigning on the issue! You can read more about this news on new guide dog laws on our website.
We’ve become increasingly concerned about dog attacks on guide dogs over the last few years as the numbers of reported attacks has been rising year on year. Our latest research shows the number of reported attacks on guide dogs has risen to ten dog attacks on average a month. You can read more about our research and the impact of these attacks.
This is why we’ve been campaigning for several years for the introduction of compulsory microchipping of all dogs and for an attack on an assistance dog to be recognised as a more serious offence in the law.
The impact on guide dog owners and guide dogs
Compulsory microchipping is an important step in tackling irresponsible dog ownership which we believe is the root cause for dog attacks. Northern Ireland now has compulsory microchipping, Wales and England also have plans to introduce this measure over the next few years. We are continuing to campaign for this in Scotland as well. More information about microchipping is available on our Microchipping Myths Busted page.
In March 2014 the Westminster Government passed the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. Included in this new law is the reclassification of a dog attack on an assistance dog as an aggravted offence. Penalities for allowing your dog to attack an assistance dog include up to three years imprisonment. You can find out more about this new law, including which parts of the UK it covers, on our Dog Attacks FAQs page.
Help with a dog attack on a guide dog
Advice on how to report a dog attack on a guide dog is available online.