Blind man refused 8th guide dog

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8 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — Blind man Frens Lubbinge is being refused a guide dog because his pairing with seven previous dogs did not work out. Guide dog number 3 apparently died of a heart attack while in the shower.


8 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — Blind man Frens Lubbinge is being refused a guide dog  because his pairing with seven previous dogs did not work out. Guide dog number 3 apparently died of a heart attack while in the shower.

The Dutch Guide Dog association KNGF believes that the seven mismatches to date is "excessive" and it does not want to give Lubbinge from Hoogeveen another one.

His first guide dog was knocked down in traffic and the second apparently proved not to be toilet-trained.

Bizarrely, the third suffered a fatal heart attack while standing in the shower.

The fourth dog "wouldn't listen" to his master and the fifth just didn't "click" with Lubbinge.

The man allegedly mistreated dog number six and seven.

The final dog, named Luna, supposedly had problems leading Lubbinge across the road. Witnesses also alleged that he struck the dog repeatedly with his red-and-white guide stick.

He appeared in a court in Assen, but was cleared of mistreating the dog. The prosecution is appealing the acquittal.

In his defence, Lubbinge claims nothing can be done about the fact the dog did not suit him. He maintained he viewed the dog as a friend rather than a tool.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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