South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson are supporting a leading charity’s call to stop attacks on guide dogs. They were among 150 MPs who attended a reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday to highlight the growing problem.
New figures released this week showed attacks on guide dogs by other dogs are at an all time high and now running at an average of eight a month. The charity Guide Dogs held the reception to highlight the issue and to ask MPs for their support. It wants to see the compulsory microchipping of all dogs within two years.
David Cowdrey, Guide Dogs’ Campaigns Manager, said: "An attack on any dog is frightening, but for a guide dog owner it is much worse. With more than eight reported attacks on guide dogs a month, the trauma caused by these unprovoked attacks could leave a blind or partially sighted person a virtual prisoner in their own home.
Robert Buckland said, “I was very pleased to attend this event and show my support. As recent events in Swindon have tragically shown, attacks by dogs are on the increase, and for a blind or partially sighted person it can have devastating consequences.”
Justin Tomlinson MP, “Having already been working with the Dogs Trust and RSPCA, I am delighted to be supporting this campaign. We know only too well following recent local media coverage how urgent action is needed and I will continue to do all I can to press for this. I was also very pleased to see this year’s Mayor, Councillor Mick Bray has chosen Swindon Guide Dogs as one of his nominated charities who I know will benefit greatly from any money raised.”