Witnesses: Man Bites Dog
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 24, 2005
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--David Todd will likely lose access to guide dogs if he is convicted of animal cruelty for biting and kicking his own.
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Todd was arrested on February 10 after witnesses at a shopping mall reported seeing the blind man bite his Labrador-retriever mix on the head after the dog apparently refused to cross a busy street. The witnesses said Todd then kicked the dog several times.
Todd, 34, was charged with animal cruelty and breach of (disturbing) the peace.
Police said the 8-year-old dog did not appear to have any injuries and was handed over to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, which had provided the dog to Todd.
"This is the first case of its kind I have known of in 11 years in this job," said Colin Gallagher, an association spokesperson. "Cases of abuse by owners on their guide dogs are few and far between, but we can withdraw the dog on a permanent basis."
Gallagher explained that if Todd is convicted of cruelty the association would offer to train him to use a white walking stick or cane.