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Increase in attacks on guide dogs

Tilly Trotter with her old guide dog Gwyn who will never work again after being attacked by another dog Credit: Tilly Trotter

There's been an increase in the number of guide dogs being attacked by other dogs here in the West. In the last year there have been 29 guide dog attacks in our region and in four cases the owner was also injured.

The charity, Guide Dogs, says every month they're having to treat and retrain dogs that have been injured while they're working.

Tillie Trotter from Uffculme near Cullompton in Devon, came into the studio with her new dog to tell us about an attack on her German Shepherd. Gwyn could not work again after she was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Guide Dog charity plea to stop pavement parking

A guide dog at work Credit: Jane Mingay/PA Archive

The charity Guide Dogs is calling for tougher action on motorists who park on pavements. It says towns and city centres in the region are increasingly becoming no-go areas for blind and partially sighted people.

A survey it carried out showed that 45 per cent of drivers in the south west were unaware of the hazards of pavement parking.