Protect Service Dogs from Vicious Attacks

Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Goal: Support Dusty’s Law, which would make attacks on service dogs a criminal offence

About 40% of all service dogs are attacked by other aggressive dogs at some point in their career, and nearly 80% suffer interference from dogs while trying to perform their duties. It can take days for animal control to respond to these types of attacks, but a new bill that passed the New Jersey Senate could make attacks on service animals a criminal offence and provide 24 / 7 police response. Urge Governor Chris Christie to sign this bill into law.

The bill, Dusty’s Law, is named after a German Shepard puppy that was viciously attacked by another dog while undergoing training to help the blind. Dusty suffered severe injuries and required hundreds of stiches. While physically Dusty has recovered, the emotional trauma caused by the attack has made it impossible for him to continue training as a seeing eye dog.

If Dusty’s Law passes, any person who recklessly allows a dog in their control to attack or interfere with a service dog could face criminal charges. The person could be held responsible for the value of the dog, replacement and training or retraining expenses, veterinary and other medical bills, and lost wages the handler incurs due to the loss of their service dog.

The bill has passed the New Jersey House and Senate and just needs the signature of Governor Chris Christie to become law. Urge the governor to sign this important legislation and protect vital service dogs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Christie,

Recently the New Jersey House and Senate passed bi-partisan legislation to offer better protection to service dogs and their handlers from vicious dog attacks. This bill, named Dusty’s Law after a trainee seeing eye dog that was horribly wounded in an attack, provides vital protection both for service dogs and their handlers.

Recent surveys show over 40% of all service dogs are attacked by another dog at some point in their careers. Service dogs are trained to be non-aggressive, will not fight back, and often won’t leave their owner’s side even to save their own lives. People who recklessly allow a dog in their control to attack these highly trained helpers must be held accountable for their actions.

Governor Christie, please make signing this legislation into law a top priority and don’t allow service dogs and their handlers to go even one more day without protection.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Seeing Eye via CliffViewPilot

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