Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara calls for Government to act to stop attacks on guide dogs

BK with guide dog and handlerBarbara 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. 

Barbara said:                         

“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.” 


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