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GUIDE dogs are increasingly becoming the victims of attacks – and now a local MP has backed a campaign designed to see those statistics reversed.

New figures have revealed there are around eight guide dog attacks a month, and Fylde MP Mark Menzies has lent his support to the Guide Dogs charity’s bid to see that figure reduced.

The charity wants compulsory microchipping for all dogs within two years in a bid to stop the attacks.

Mr Menzies, who attended a reception held by the charity in Parliament, said: “Guide dogs are wonderful animals that perform an absolutely vital role and its terrible to hear that they are becoming the victims of attacks. We have to stamp this out now.”

David Cowdrey, from the charity, added: “An attack on any dog is frightening, but for a guide dog owner it is much worse.

“We welcome Mr Menzies’ support for our campaign, and ultimately we want the law changed so an attack on an assistance dog is treated as seriously as an attack on a person.”

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