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Incidence and impact of dog attacks on guide dogs in the UK: an update

Moxon, Rachel; Whiteside, H.; England, Gary C.W.

Authors

Rachel Moxon

H. Whiteside

Gary C.W. England



Abstract

Data on dog attacks on Guide Dogs’ stock were reviewed to investigate the characteristics of the attacks. An average of 11.2 attacks occurred each month. Nearly all of the attacks occurred in public areas, 68.4 per cent of victim dogs were qualified guide dogs and 55.5 per cent of victim dogs were working in harness when they were attacked. Guide Dogs’ stock were injured in 43.2 per cent of attacks and veterinary costs for attacks were estimated at £34,514.30. Over 40 per cent of qualified guide dogs’ working ability was affected and >20 per cent of qualified guide dogs required some time off from working after a dog attack. Twenty dogs were permanently withdrawn from the Guide Dogs’ programme as a result of dog attacks, 13 of which were qualified and working with guide dog owners at the time of the withdrawal; this resulted in a financial cost of >£600,000 to the charity. More importantly perhaps, temporary and permanent withdrawals have a significant impact upon the mobility and independence of guide dog owners and in many cases significantly impacted their emotional well-being.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 9, 2016
Journal Veterinary Record
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Electronic ISSN 2042-7670
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 178
Issue 15
Article Number 367
APA6 Citation Moxon, R., Whiteside, H., & England, G. C. (2016). Incidence and impact of dog attacks on guide dogs in the UK: an update. Veterinary Record, 178(15), https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103433
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103433
Keywords Guide dogs, Intraspecific aggression, Dog attack, Canine aggression
Publisher URL http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/178/15/367
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information © 2016 British Veterinary Association

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