A Burgess Hill guide dog owner is appealing for others to be more responsible with their pets after an attack left her with ‘blood dripping out’ of her arm.
Jackie Page’s dog Suzy was left ‘traumatised’ after what she describes as an unprovoked attack last year.
She said: “I was on my way home and this dog attacked my dog. I fended it off, I took the injuries for her. It bit my arm in four places, when I got home I shouted ‘quick get something to stop the blood dripping out’, it was scary.”
Jackie, who is partially sighted, went to hospital with her injuries, whilst the dog that attacked her was put down.
“If people have children it can happen to their kids too, my request is people be more aware, be responsible and train dogs, I want to make people aware of the dangers.”
In March 2014 the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was passed.
The new law will mean allowing your dog to attack an assistance dog will be treated as an aggravated offence with penalties of up to three years imprisonment.
Jackie continued: “My dog’s reaction was to push me out of the way. He’s a nervous dog anyway, but he was traumatised, it makes it difficult because he’s scared of other dogs now.”