Please help protect guide dogs

lynnSunny, Lynn Mason’s guide dog, was recently harassed and chased in Bethel Village by another dog running loose, she said. Sunny received a back injury in the incident, said Mason, and has been leery of other dogs since then. “I totally depend on her for my safety,” said Mason. She said this is not the first time this type of incident has happened – her two previous guide dogs were injured in attacks, and one had to be put down and the other retired. She asks that people generally keep their dogs leashed, and also cites Maine law that states a person owning a dog that attacks, injures or kills a service dog may be fined $1,000 and be responsible for vet bills, retraining or replacement costs of the dog, if needed. Also, when meeting a blind person and guide dog on the street, people are asked to not offer the dog food and to ask permission first before petting the dog. Here, Mason and Sunny cross Main Street in Bethel.