Smashed glass injures Bowthorpe man’s guide dog

Guide dog owner Rob Scotter with his dog Disney. His dog has suffered cuts to his paws after glass h

Guide dog owner Rob Scotter with his dog Disney. His dog has suffered cuts to his paws after glass has been left by bin lorries.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A guide dog owner is calling for a council to take action after his animal was injured by broken glass.

Robert Scotter, who is registered blind, said his labradoodle suffered cuts to its pads along William Frost Way in Costessey.

It meant that the 41-year-old was unable to leave his home in Bowthorpe independently while his dog recovered from its injuries.

Mr Scotter believed the glass was being dropped from the back of refuse lorries as they drove up and down the route six days a week.

He is now appealing for the council to ensure that the pathways are kept free of hazards to allow his dog to walk on them safely.

'This time of year it is very hard to see,' he said. 'So Disney [his guide dog] is there to protect me and get me from A to B.

'But every time I am told the glass has been cleared, there is still glass dropping on the pavement, so I can't use it.'

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It is the second time his guide dogs have been injured by broken glass along the same stretch of road.

His first – a Labrador named Santo – suffered similar cuts to its pads almost two years ago.

And back in May, his current dog was injured along the route and had to spend six weeks recovering.

Mr Scotter, who has retinitis pigmentosa, said he used the pathway to get to the local gym as it was the safest route.

But he now felt unable to do so because of the risk to his guide dog.

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council said the authority took

Mr Scotter's concerns 'very seriously'.

'As the road is private but with a public footway across it, we have worked closely with the two waste companies who have agreed that they would make arrangements to regularly sweep the splay,' the spokesman said.

'We have also adjusted our schedules and sweep along the whole route walked by Mr Scotter on a weekly basis.'

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