COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Guide Dogs calls for tougher measures to restrict fireworks

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has launched a two-pronged campaign for new rules to protect guide dogs from fireworks.

The move comes as the abuse of sales and use of fireworks rises with increasing numbers of guide dogs being hurt causing disruption to owners' mobility.

The charity wants public displays to be licensed, limits on noise levels, and specific dates allowing the sale of fireworks.

Guide Dogs is calling for the public to sign up to its "Regulate Fireworks Now" petition which will be handed to 10 Downing Street in November.

It is also urging MPs to consider using private members' legislation to bring in tougher controls having had rapid success with legislation on local authorities poised to be read in the House of Lords.

That forces councils to introduce rules to ensure all minicabs carry guide dogs when asked to.

Guide Dogs chief executive Geraldine Peacock said the cost of losing a guide dog is at least £35,000 on top of the distress cased to the owner.

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