Barbara has given her support to a call from the charity Guide Dogs to stop unprovoked attacks on guide dogs. Attacks on guide dogs are now at an all-time high, with an average of eight attacks every month.
The charity Guide Dogs brought their campaign against the attacks to an event at Westminster. Barbara saw a film about the damage done to dogs by the attacks and she also met Guide Dogs Information Officer, Dave Kent, with his guide dog Quince.
“These unprovoked attacks are frightening for anyone but they are much worse for a guide dog owner. Guide dogs which have been attacked may not to be able to work again, so the guide dog owner loses their support until a new dog is trained.”
“In Government, Labour planned to introduce compulsory microchips and third-party insurance to combat this problem and ensure that victims could be compensated. The Conservative-led Government has taken two years to realise that there is an issue, meaning that many more attacks have taken place. I call on the Government to act now to ensure these attacks are stopped.”