Warning following guide dog attacks in Warrington

Warrington Guardian: Warning following guide dog attacks in Warrington Warning following guide dog attacks in Warrington

A CHARITY is calling on pet owners to be more aware after a number of incidents involving guide dogs in the town.

Joanne Birch, who was registered blind in 1991, said she fears if her guide dog Bironey is attacked again she will be too frightened to go outside.

The problem started when Bironey was attacked by another dog while Joanne was picking up her 11-year-old son William from Alderman Bolton Community Primary School before Christmas.

The attack left the Woolston mum house-bound for three days as Bironey could not go out due to injuries to her legs.

Since then Bironey has been much more wary of other dogs and owner Joanne has called for dog owners to be more aware of guide dogs.

The 42-year-old, who has less than 80 per cent vision, said: “The final straw was going to Asda in the Cockhedge Centre and a woman left her dog tied up in front of me going mental and blocking the entrance.

“If it wasn’t for two very kind women who guided me into the store I wouldn’t have been able to get through the entrance.

“People seem to think because of my age I’m not really blind but they need to be more aware and realise I need my dog to get around.

“There’s been two other incidents since the first attack where owners have let go of the leads and their dog has gone for mine.

“It’s going to get to the point where she’s scared of going out but I have to take my son to school and go shopping.”

Penny Williams, from the charity Guide Dogs, said guide dogs being distracted by others or attacked appears to be an increasing problem.

She added: “If people could be a bit more responsible and put their dogs on good quality leads and keep them away from a working guide dog when they see one so they’re not distracted it would make a big difference.”

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4:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

tojahejome says...

Surely this article is wrong. If the lady has less than 80% she still has quite a bite of sight and does not need a gudie dog.
Surely this article is wrong. If the lady has less than 80% she still has quite a bite of sight and does not need a gudie dog. tojahejome
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6:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

moleogod says...

tojahejome wrote:
Surely this article is wrong. If the lady has less than 80% she still has quite a bite of sight and does not need a gudie dog.
WHAT!!!!.... what are you on about. you are stood by the road and you are looking both ways each road stretches 100 feet you can only see a car when it is less than 50 ish feet away and the car is travelling at speed. you step into the road and your dead. and in the Dark it is MUCH worse you can only see about 8 feet in front of you if that. a dog can see much further therefore safer. and that vision you have is distorted and blurred. Her vision is not up for debate. people just need to not let there pets attack guide dogs its not much to ask....
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Surely this article is wrong. If the lady has less than 80% she still has quite a bite of sight and does not need a gudie dog.[/p][/quote]WHAT!!!!.... what are you on about. you are stood by the road and you are looking both ways each road stretches 100 feet you can only see a car when it is less than 50 ish feet away and the car is travelling at speed. you step into the road and your dead. and in the Dark it is MUCH worse you can only see about 8 feet in front of you if that. a dog can see much further therefore safer. and that vision you have is distorted and blurred. Her vision is not up for debate. people just need to not let there pets attack guide dogs its not much to ask.... moleogod
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11:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

T1XYL1X says...

tojahejome wrote:
Surely this article is wrong. If the lady has less than 80% she still has quite a bite of sight and does not need a gudie dog.
Seriously, your spelling is atrocious. Is there something wrong with your sight? Ignorant
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Surely this article is wrong. If the lady has less than 80% she still has quite a bite of sight and does not need a gudie dog.[/p][/quote]Seriously, your spelling is atrocious. Is there something wrong with your sight? Ignorant T1XYL1X
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4:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

tarasmum says...

Poor lady, poor dog. What kind of people allow their dogs to do this. There are some really stupid people out there !
Poor lady, poor dog. What kind of people allow their dogs to do this. There are some really stupid people out there ! tarasmum
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