A guide dog who was just weeks from finishing her training might never get to work for the blind after an attack in Swindon town centre.No doubt (although there are no comments yet) there will be the usual clamour that this is 'demonising' the Staffie, but it's almost always these, isn't it?
Grace was guiding her trainer, Philippa Davidson, of Devizes, through The Par-ade, Swindon, at 3.30pm on Tuesday of last week, when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog bit Grace’s face and held on for about 20 seconds.
And no, leash laws are no use. Are you listening, councils? Are you, people who think they have an answer due to their experiences?Looks like just about any of Swindon's young female Greggs customers, I'll bet.
Ms Davidson, who has worked for Guide Dogs for nearly 30 years, said: “There was a group of youngsters outside Greggs and I could see they had the dog on a lead. I thought ‘good’, but you are always aware.And, of course, left the scene immediately her weapon dog was beaten off the guide dog by others. How very unsurprising...
“Grace was just doing her job going around them and as she got level this dog shot out from between their legs and grabbed Grace’s face.
“Grace was screaming and trying to pull back. The dog just hung on and it was causing Grace more and more stress. I made a fist and was hitting the other dog on the head. I used my feet as well.
“The young woman wasn’t doing anything other than holding the lead.”
Police have spoken to witnesses and are examining CCTV footage of the scene.
The other dog owner is described as female, blonde with her hair tied up and was wearing all white. Her dog had a white head and dark body.