« If you drive my dog, you are pulling me. » Maite Marco, a woman with visual impairment who has not separated from for more than seven years, Liberty, his guide dog, was expelled « in an angry way and disrespecting » from a shoe store in the city of Valencia for which he filed the corresponding complaint with the National Police, as reported by the Brotherhood of San Antonio Abad after receiving a communication on these facts from the Association of Dog Users Guide of the Valencian Community (AsPeGuiCV).
Entidas explains how last Monday, December 16, Maite, a guide dog user belonging to this entity had an « unpleasant incident » in a shoe store located on Peris and Valero Avenue in the capital of Turia.
According to these sources, the establishment « was denied entry with his guide dog in an angry and disrespectful manner. » «The user tried to explain the rules of the guide dog and the reaction of the owner was to take the harness of the animal and force it to leave the premises ».
After a discussion « heated » the user, owner of a trained cinnamon labrador breed dog In the United States, he decided to call the police to mediate, so a patrol car arrived. The woman filed a complaint about the facts the next day.
«The Association of the visually impaired request greater awareness and solidarity so that these events do not happen again and blind or visually impaired people who need mobility aids, such as the cane or guide dog, are not discriminated against ”, they claim.
Since last year the Association of Dog Users Guide of the Valencian Community maintains contact with the Brotherhood to «publicize and disseminate the work they do with their dogs and thus raise awareness among the population of their rights and how to act with they ».
«It’s your eyes where they go and it is mandatory to know at all times what it is and the usefulness of a guide dog with a blind person ”, they conclude from the Brotherhood.