Vermont's state legislature is considering a bill that would go an extra yard in protecting guide dogs. Any owner of unrestrained dogs that attack a guide dog would be punishable by a year in prison.
The special abilities and uses of guide dogs must be protected. Visually-impaired people rely on guide dogs to leave their homes and to stay mobile. When guide dogs are attacked, a visually-impaired owner is left vulnerable. Furthermore, these attacks can traumatize guide dogs to the point that they can no longer lead their owners.
Read more on the reasons behind this bill at RutlandHerald.