MP backs call for guide dogs

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MORPETH’S MP is adding his voice to calls to stop attacks on guide dogs.

Ian Lavery recently attended a reception in the House of Commons at which it was revealed that such incidents are currently running at an all-time high.

Each month, an average of eight guide dogs are attacked on the streets of Britain by other dogs and the Guide Dog Association wants the Government to speed up compulsory micro-chipping of all dogs and make a change in the law that would treat such incidents as seriously as if the attack was on the guide dog owner.

Mr Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, said: “It costs a great deal of time and money to train a dog to the standard required, but an attack can cause it to lose the confidence it needs to safely guide its owner around.”

“I support the Association’s campaign to urge the Government to heed its concerns without delay.”