A blind mother has criticised “indifferent” dog-owners after her daughter was attacked.
Julia Wilson’s seven-year-old daughter was left tearful and bruised after being knocked over by a dog in Homefield Park, Worthing.
When the owner saw Julia was blind he told the mother-of-four her daughter Madeleine had fallen over.
Julia, 38, of Worthing, said: “We were in the park and a dog tried to bite my daughter’s face. All I could hear was her screaming. It was terrible. She was bruised on her shoulders and covered in mud. When the owner realised I couldn’t see he said: ‘Your daughter fell over’.”
Julia also criticised dog walkers who allowed their dogs to distract Esme, her guide dog, leaving her disoriented.
She said: “We were on the beach and a dog was trying to hump Esme. She was distracted and I was disoriented. My nephew was pushed over and the dog sat on him. We called to the owner but she just ambled over and said: ‘Please don’t shout at me’.”
Ian McParland, a Worthing dog behaviourist, said: “The law has now been changed so it’s an offence to attack an assistance dog. If Julia’s dog was injured that’s potentially a very serious offence.”
Worthing Borough Council confirmed that dogs are banned from certain parts of Worthing beach between May 1 and September 30.