This post was most recently updated on June 28th, 2018
According to a Daily Mail article, attack dogs are launching 3 attacks per month on guide dogs across the UK. An idea forward by the Guide Dogs charity is to microchip all dogs. Presumably that would encourage a more responsible attitude from owners who would fear prosecution.
One successful prosecution in London resulted in the dog owner whose dog attacked a guide dog being sentenced to a three month suspended jail sentence, banned from keeping dogs for ten years, ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay £500 to the owner of the guide dog which suffered the attack plus £1200 compensation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
David Blunkett, a former cabinet minister and one of Britain’s most visible guide dog owners said that the UK’s dog laws were not sufficiently protecting guide dogs. The problem of attacks on guide dogs is amplified by the fact that the guide dog owner cannot easily tell how injured their guide dog is.