Readers' letters - January 18

Parking on footpath cost me guide dog

By The Newsroom
Friday, 19th January 2018, 1:15 pm
Updated Friday, 19th January 2018, 2:20 pm
Cars parked on pavements can be a hazard for blind people
Cars parked on pavements can be a hazard for blind people

Just seven weeks ago, whilst out for a walk with my guide dog, I came upon a van parked on the pavement, leaving me just enough room to squeeze past.

Unfortunately, there are metal signs fitted to the lamp posts in the village warning dog owners that, if their dog does a mess on the pavement, they must pick it up or be fined.

This sign is at face height.

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I hit it and sustained a cut to my forehead almost two inches long and it was down to the bone!

I went immediately to the health centre but they couldn’t help and sent me to the hospital where the cut was glued together.

It has left quite a scar.

The shock was so severe that I have had to give up my guide dog after 31 years of working with one.

I have no confidence at all now.

It was not the dog’s fault, it was the van.

Had it not been on the pavement, I would not have had the accident.

I will always be very bitter about this.

It was totally unnecessary, the street is a very quiet one at all


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