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Trainee guide dog recovering after ‘distressing’ incident

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A guide dog trainer has expressed his shock after a guide dog in training was allegedly kicked by a man in Penrith yesterday.

Trainer Ryan Jones told Deborah Knight the incident was “extremely unusual”.

“It was certainly a distressing incident that happened yesterday, it’s certainly something that’s rare, certainly sent shock waves through us,” he said.

A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged over the alleged incident.

Mr Jones said police responded swiftly to the event.

“It’s a $50,000 dog: [there’s a] cost to breed, raise and train, and an incident like we saw yesterday could really put all of that training to a stop.

“Then someone misses out on a life-changing guide dog.”

He said the dog was doing well and he was “receiving lots of love” today.

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