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Man bites guide dog

A PARTIALLY-SIGHTED man who allegedly bit his guide dog has been arrested by police. David Todd is accused of sinking his teeth into the animal's head in a busy street in Edinburgh.

An eyewitness told Lothian and Borders Police the 34-year-old dragged the bitch across the road before biting its head and kicking its body.

Todd is facing charges of breach of the peace and animal cruelty for the alleged attack earlier this month close to Meadowbank Retail Park.

The eight-year-old Labrador/ Golden Retriever cross was taken into protective care by police and handed over to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

A police spokeswoman said: "Any attack on a defenceless animal, particularly one trained to help people, is appalling.

"A 34-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the incident, which happened earlier this month.''

A spokesperson for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association told OUR DOGS: "We can confirm that a guide dog has been withdrawn from its owner, pending an investigation over allegations that the owner bit his dog.

"The charity will ensure that it continues to provide mobility support for this client, such as long cane training or other rehabilitation support."