Cumbria Constabulary have signed a new service level agreement (SLA) with the charity Guide Dogs in relation to investigating attacks on assistance dogs.
The force has worked closely with the charity in order to ensure that the correct processes are in place and a consistent approach is undertaken across the county.
The SLA follows a legislation introduced in May 2014 which offers greater protection to assistance dogs and their owners. The legislation states that it is an offence to be in charge of a dog that attacks an assistance dog, which is defined as any dog specially trained to assist a blind, deaf or disabled person.Hmmm. So, since you're now getting a poorer service from the police, can you claim a reduction in your taxes?
If not...why not? Is it because there's no SLA for you to demand?
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “An attack on a guide dog can have long lasting effects on both the dog itself and its owner. The Constabulary is committed to supporting victims of crime, especially those who are vulnerable.Aren't we all vulnerable to crime..?
Mark Burnett, Guide Dogs Mobility Team Manager North East and Cumbria, said: "Guide dog owners are less able to protect themselves. A sighted person will see potential danger and take evasive action, but a blind person is unable to do this."So is an elderly person. Or a wheelchair user. Or a small child. Where's their protection?
Are they too second class citizens for Cumbria Police?
Police & Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “I welcome the introduction of this agreement, and the fact that assistance dogs and their owners are to receive greater protection.
This is an important step for those that rely on their dogs to go about their daily lives, and who would be greatly affected if any harm were to come to their dog.”All you able-bodied grieving owners can just shut up - no SLA for you!