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Finn’s Law Finally Comes Into Force

Police dogs and horses will be better protected in law thanks to a long-running campaign by the handler of a dog who was stabbed.

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, which makes it an offence to harm working animals, has been given Royal approval. The announcement was made in the House of Lords late in April. The Bill will now be known as the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.

PC Dave Wardell and now-retired PD Finn were both stabbed trying to arrest a suspected gunman in Hertfordshire in 2016. Finn was knifed in the chest and head, while PC Wardell received hand injuries.

The suspect was charged with actual bodily harm in relation to wounding PC Wardell, but only faced criminal damage charges over the injuries to Finn. The German Shepherd nearly died as a result of his injuries.

PC Wardell said: “It was important to get a positive out of the negative and it’s been an amazing journey and an amazing achievement.”

Date posted: May 2, 2019

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