According to a news report in the Daily Mail, attack dogs such as bull terriers are responsible for almost an attack a week on guide dogs in the UK.
The Guide Dogs charity have put forward the idea that microchipping all dogs would encourage a more responsible attitude from owners as it would be possible to trace and prosecute them.
In one successful prosecution, a London dog owner whose dog attacked a guide dog was was banned from keeping dogs for ten years, sentenced to a three month suspended jail sentence, ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay £1200 compensation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind plus £500 to the owner of the guide dog which suffered the attack.
David Blunkett the former cabinet minister and one of Britain’s most high profile guide dog owners has said that the UK’s dog laws are not protecting guide dogs well enough. The problem of attacks on guide dogs is compounded by the fact that the guide dog owner cannot see how injured their guide dog is.