A charity has renewed calls to punish owners whose animals attack guide dogs, after a Swansea woman’s dog was attacked as she delivered Christmas cards near her home.
Julie Rees was out with her black Labrador Gwen earlier this month when she became aware of another dog approaching. The animal, believed to be a terrier, grabbed Gwen by the throat despite Mrs Rees’ attempts to protect her.
Passers-by responded to her cries for help and were able to restrain the other dog until police arrived, but Gwen still required treatment on bite marks to her neck and Mrs Rees has said the pair are now too afraid to leave the house.
Ten guide dogs attacked every month in the UK
Guide Dogs Cymru confirmed that Gwen would be unable to work again until a full assessment and retraining was complete.
They argue that any attack on a guide dog should be treated the same as if it were an attack on the owner, an idea which was included in the 2013 Queen’s Speech.
No legislation has been passed on this, leaving visually impaired owners such as Mrs Rees still vulnerable to issues of this nature.
It is thought that as many as ten assistance dogs are attacked by other dogs every month in the UK. They cost £35,000 to train and owners often rely on their dogs for independence, meaning these incidents can have serious consequences.
Speak to Croftons Solicitors about dog attacks
With changes to legislation surrounding dog attacks still under discussion, it may be unclear to victims whether or not they are eligible to claim under current laws.
If you have been left injured after a dog attack, Croftons Solicitors will be able to assess your case and help you ascertain the likely success of any claim.
We can represent you throughout the process, ensuring you receive the appropriate medical care as we pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us free on 0800 2800 094 for more information.