MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, was thanked by national charity, Guide Dogs, for his work in helping change the law to protect guide dogs from attacks by other dogs.
After a long campaign, with the strong personal support of shadow Defra Minister Huw Irranca-Davies and other Members of Parliament, Guide Dogs succeeded in convincing the UK Government to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act. The changes brought in create sentences for irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to attack a guide dog. The law now considers an attack on an assistance dog to be aggravated assault. This will help protect assistant dogs and their owners
In Wales there are 252 guide dog owners. The new law will allow them to keep the dogs they rely on for an independent life safe from attack. From this year any attack on an assistant dog by another dog carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison for the owner.
Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White said his organisation was very grateful for all the support given by Mr. Irranca-Davies in getting the law changed.
Mr. Irranca-Davies said ‘For many people in Wales and the UK an assistant dog is the only way they can lead an independent life. They should have the peace of mind that their dog will be safe from attack. The change in law will really help make this the case. For the 252 guide dog owners in Wales the law is now on their side.’
‘I was proud to be able to support Guide Dogs in their campaign to make this happen. Thank you so much for my custom made ‘thank you’ Christmas cracker. As always it was a pleasure to meet with Guide Dogs’ dedicated staff and volunteers. I look forward to working closely with them in the New Year.’