blind_html Fwd: New Jersey Residents Petition Lawmakers to Keep Seeing Eye Dogs Safe from Attacks

  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:15:15 -0600

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From: "The Seeing Eye, Inc." <noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:03:49 -0500
Subject: New Jersey Residents Petition Lawmakers to Keep Seeing Eye
Dogs Safe from Attacks
To: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>


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The Seeing Eye, Inc.

  For Immediate Release

The Seeing Eye, Inc.

[1]

February 14, 2011

  New Jersey Residents Petition Lawmakers to Keep Seeing Eye Dogs Safe
from Attacks

  MORRISTOWN, N.J.   Representatives from The Seeing Eye, including
puppy raising families with Seeing Eye  puppies, President & CEO Jim
Kutsch, his wife Ginger, and their Seeing Eye dogs Colby and Pixie,
will assemble at the Statehouse February 17. They will deliver
hundreds of petition signatures to lawmakers which call for New Jersey
to adopt Assembly Bill 832 and  Dusty's Law , Assembly Bill 3226. Both
bills provide service dogs with protection against attacks and
interference by either people or other dogs.

The petitions were drafted in response to a growing concern for the
safety of New Jersey's guide dog teams and a horrific incident last
summer when Dusty, a Seeing Eye puppy in training, was viciously
attacked by another dog. Dusty sustained severe injuries requiring 98
stitches and the removal of four teeth which were crushed during the
attack.

"Seeing Eye dogs are especially vulnerable to injury during an attack
because they ve been bred and trained to be non-aggressive.  Further,
they are unlikely to leave their masters  sides, even to save
themselves," said Seeing Eye President & CEO Jim Kutsch. "We are
deeply grateful to the bipartisan team of state senators and
assemblymen sponsoring these bills for recognizing the need to provide
greater protection for service animals."

A832, introduced by Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D - Cape May), and
its companion bill, S1154 initiated by Senator Jeff Van Drew (D - Cape
May), establish new crimes against people who intentionally harm or
interfere with a service animal. Dusty's Law, A3226, sponsored by
Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (R - Bergen) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick
(R - Union/Somerset/Morris/Essex), establishes mandatory fines for pet
owners whose dogs attack, injure, or otherwise interfere with a
service animal.

New Jersey is one of the few states that do not yet provide criminal
sanctions for attacks and interference against service animals. For
more information about how you can help protect guide dog teams,
please visit The Seeing Eye's Web site at [2]
www.SeeingEye.org/protector email [3] advocacy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Established in 1929, The Seeing Eye provides specially bred and
trained dogs to guide people who are blind. Seeing Eye  dog users
experience greatly enhanced mobility and independence, allowing them
to retain their active lifestyles despite blindness. The Seeing Eye is
a philanthropy supported by contributions from individuals,
corporations and foundations, bequests, and other planned gifts.

The Seeing Eye is a trademarked name and can only be used to describe
the dogs bred and trained at the school s facilities in Morristown,
N.J. If you would like more information on The Seeing Eye, please
visit the website at [4] www.SeeingEye.org, call (973) 539-4425, or
email [5] info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  [6] www.SeeingEye.org


 References:

1. mailto:mbarlak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
2. http://www.SeeingEye.org/protect
3. mailto:advocacy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
4. http://www.SeeingEye.org
5. mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
6. http://www.seeingeye.org/




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