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Guide dog attacks 'on the rise'

Monday September 5th 2011

There has been a sharp rise in the number of attacks suffered by guide dogs from other dogs, a report has revealed.

Each month on average, there are more than seven attacks on guide dogs from other canines, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association said.

The number has more than doubled from last year, where a study found the average to be three attacks every month.

According to the report, the worst offenders are bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers and pit bull terriers. The figures show that one in three dogs who attack a guide dog were from the bull breed group.

Police are being urged by charity officials to take a more serious approach towards the attacks, which take place in public places such as parks and town centres in more than 90% of cases.

They are also calling for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped as part of compulsory measures.

The charity chief executive Richard Leaman said: "We want police to recognise the enormous impact that these attacks have on people's ability to live independently and respond accordingly."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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