Newport blind man’s guide dog may be taken from him

South Wales Argus: Granville Vaughan from Somerton fears he will have to give his guide dog Bow back as its unsafe for his dog Granville Vaughan from Somerton fears he will have to give his guide dog Bow back as its unsafe for his dog

A NEWPORT man is refusing to move from his current home in the city despite facing the threat of losing his guide dog for safety reasons.

Granville Vaughan’s guide dog Bowden (Bow), a black Labrador, has been attacked by loose dogs in Lliswerry where he lives, and nearly died after swallowing discarded broken glass.

In 2011 Mr Vaughan had to give up his previous black Labrador guide dog Nadia, after she was attacked and stopped working properly.

Recent incidents have led Guide Dogs UK to ask Mr Vaughan, completely blind due to a hereditary eye disease, to move for his and the dog’s safety. He has been told Bow cannot remain with him unless he moves.

Mr Vaughan has lived much of his life in Lliswerry, and is a vociferous campaigner on dangerous dogs.

He said: “I’m being told I have to move somewhere I’m not familiar with and where I don’t know anyone, because other people can’t control their dogs and chuck litter around. They (Guide Dogs UK) are talking about helping me get a place in St Julians. It’s not far away, but I don’t know the area or people.

“I’m being penalised. It’s time politicians got to grips with dangerous dogs running around loose, attacking people and other dogs. Some owners don’t give a damn and blind and sightless people and their dogs are more at risk.

“Until tough decisions taken about dangerous breeds and punishments for irresponsible owners, nothing will change. It broke my heart about Nadia and it took a long time to get Bow. I can get around with my cane, but it’s easier with a dog. Nadia and Bow have been my eyes.

“I’m determined I’m not moving. Why should I? I’ve done nothing wrong.”

A Guide Dogs UK spokesman said the organisation has a duty of care to protect guide dogs from harm.

She said: “After Bow survived eating glass, we are concerned that were he to eat any other dangerous materials in the future, he may not be so lucky. We understand losing his guide dog would be very tough for Mr Vaughan.

“Guide dogs are life-changing for their owners, so to be parted from one can be difficult. In circumstances such as these, we assess our service users’ needs individually to see if there are other ways we can help them to get out and about on their own terms, and we’ll be supporting Mr Vaughan.”

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7:20am Thu 30 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

why arent the police doing something about all these dogs. it does make me laugh how the unemployed despite moaning about the bedroom tax and claiming to need a food bank can find money to keep these staffis
why arent the police doing something about all these dogs. it does make me laugh how the unemployed despite moaning about the bedroom tax and claiming to need a food bank can find money to keep these staffis scraptheWAG
  • Score: -6

10:11am Thu 30 Jan 14

ljthom06 says...

Good and bad everywhere ex-St Julians boy! Have seen plenty of dogs wandering around Old Barn!
Good and bad everywhere ex-St Julians boy! Have seen plenty of dogs wandering around Old Barn! ljthom06
  • Score: 14

11:39am Thu 30 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

This is a job not for the Police but the Local Authority.
This is a job not for the Police but the Local Authority. Abertillery29
  • Score: 20

6:01pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lliswerry Man says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
why arent the police doing something about all these dogs. it does make me laugh how the unemployed despite moaning about the bedroom tax and claiming to need a food bank can find money to keep these staffis
And as is usual with most of your posts, they have NO relevance to the original story.
At no point were Staffs mentioned, and neither were unemployed people. And not all Staffs are owned by unemployed people, you really do need to get out of your cave more and stop wasting your time online posting your sad propaganda. How many times did you have to relog to vote yourself up? oh thats right, most unemployed people are not online to defend themselves, read your tripe and vote against it.

Back to the story, the local authority are paid to deal with keeping the streets clean and also free from roaming dogs, so it appears this is another time where Newport City Council has failed in its duties.
The gentlemen concerned should not be forced to move home, and should not have to manage without his Dog, although I do understand why Guide Dogs UK have acted as they have, Dogs welfare is important.

Shame that his neighbours do not assist more, but then when we live in a state where people constantly blame the POOR, for everything that goes wrong, Im not surprised that nobody wants to assist. Lets hope NCC chiefs see this and act appropriately.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: why arent the police doing something about all these dogs. it does make me laugh how the unemployed despite moaning about the bedroom tax and claiming to need a food bank can find money to keep these staffis[/p][/quote]And as is usual with most of your posts, they have NO relevance to the original story. At no point were Staffs mentioned, and neither were unemployed people. And not all Staffs are owned by unemployed people, you really do need to get out of your cave more and stop wasting your time online posting your sad propaganda. How many times did you have to relog to vote yourself up? oh thats right, most unemployed people are not online to defend themselves, read your tripe and vote against it. Back to the story, the local authority are paid to deal with keeping the streets clean and also free from roaming dogs, so it appears this is another time where Newport City Council has failed in its duties. The gentlemen concerned should not be forced to move home, and should not have to manage without his Dog, although I do understand why Guide Dogs UK have acted as they have, Dogs welfare is important. Shame that his neighbours do not assist more, but then when we live in a state where people constantly blame the POOR, for everything that goes wrong, Im not surprised that nobody wants to assist. Lets hope NCC chiefs see this and act appropriately. Lliswerry Man
  • Score: 25

6:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Hevsym says...

This isn't just about other dogs, his dog ate glass!, thats nothing to do with other dog owners. If a dog is bred properly and has a good pedigree, it's temperament will be good. You can't say all Staffs are nasty because they are not. This man was on Radio Wales this morning demanding that ALL Staffs be put down. That is not right! Most people are responsible dog owners
This isn't just about other dogs, his dog ate glass!, thats nothing to do with other dog owners. If a dog is bred properly and has a good pedigree, it's temperament will be good. You can't say all Staffs are nasty because they are not. This man was on Radio Wales this morning demanding that ALL Staffs be put down. That is not right! Most people are responsible dog owners Hevsym
  • Score: 6

9:34am Fri 31 Jan 14

Annoyed@negativity says...

He complains about having his previous dog taken away from him and yet won't move to enable him to keep and PROTECT his current dog! As far as I am concerned he is knowingly putting Bow at risk, so it's hardly surprising that Guide Dogs UK want to remove Bow.

And once again it's all Newport City Council's fault??!! Rubbish. How about society in general and specifically the local community take some responsibility for the tragic state of affairs? NCC can only work within the parameters set by the UK Government - maybe we need to re-introduce pet licences again? As a responsible owner of 2 dogs I would gladly pay a nominal fee if it deters idiots from owning dogs when they have no idea how to look after them. And as for NCC being responsible for picking up loose dogs - you're right, but you may find this next point hard to believe: dogs 'move' and 'run' around, so I would imagine that by the time one member of the public has bothered to report the animal the wardens are unable to track it down.

I'm sick of people talking about the potential dangers of dogs and dogs not being allowed to go here and can't be let off the lead there - let's discuss the nuisance of cats, and how their numbers are multiplying because of people who want a pet but can't be bothered to look after them. Oh, and how they are considered to be 'free spirits' and therefore nothing can be done about them using your garden as a toilet. My dogs are free spirits too, but I still have to pick up their cr@p.
He complains about having his previous dog taken away from him and yet won't move to enable him to keep and PROTECT his current dog! As far as I am concerned he is knowingly putting Bow at risk, so it's hardly surprising that Guide Dogs UK want to remove Bow. And once again it's all Newport City Council's fault??!! Rubbish. How about society in general and specifically the local community take some responsibility for the tragic state of affairs? NCC can only work within the parameters set by the UK Government - maybe we need to re-introduce pet licences again? As a responsible owner of 2 dogs I would gladly pay a nominal fee if it deters idiots from owning dogs when they have no idea how to look after them. And as for NCC being responsible for picking up loose dogs - you're right, but you may find this next point hard to believe: dogs 'move' and 'run' around, so I would imagine that by the time one member of the public has bothered to report the animal the wardens are unable to track it down. I'm sick of people talking about the potential dangers of dogs and dogs not being allowed to go here and can't be let off the lead there - let's discuss the nuisance of cats, and how their numbers are multiplying because of people who want a pet but can't be bothered to look after them. Oh, and how they are considered to be 'free spirits' and therefore nothing can be done about them using your garden as a toilet. My dogs are free spirits too, but I still have to pick up their cr@p. Annoyed@negativity
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gathin says...

Yeah, I think the man should just get on with being blind and should never go out of his home ever again!
Really WTF?
Surely someone on a big public service salary can come up with a resolution?
Yeah, I think the man should just get on with being blind and should never go out of his home ever again! Really WTF? Surely someone on a big public service salary can come up with a resolution? gathin
  • Score: -1

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