We told you last week of the story of Finn the police dog and his handler PC Dave Wardell who were both injured in the line of duty. We can now reveal both are on the mend with Dave full of praise for the animal’s brave recovery. Dave was stabbed in the hand and German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 5th October. They had been called in to apprehend a man suspected of robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint.
Finn underwent four hours of emergency surgery and is now recovering at home with handler PC Dave Wardell.
Finn was just a normal ‘on duty’ police officer when he was stabbed while chasing a suspect – except he was a dog. Now, a petition calling for police animals to be given the same status as human officers, if they are injured at work, has reached nearly 30,000 signatures. The Finn’s Law campaign is named after the Hertfordshire police dog who, along with his handler, was stabbed in Stevenage in the line of duty. The petition calls for people who attack police animals to face charges similar to those for attacking a person.