Police work with guide dog charity

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Cumbria Police have signed a new agreement 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 service level agreement 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.

An attack on a guide dog has implications for both the dog itself and the owner. Time without a guide dog due to injuries sustained limits the freedom of its owner who relies on working in partnership with their dog to live their life.