We told you previously here on Jammy Toast how German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest and his handler, PC Dave Wardell, received a hand injury in Denton Road after they pursued a suspect in the early hours of 5th October. A 16-year-old boy from London has been charged with the assault of the officer and criminal damage relating to the dog. The petition, set up on the UK government’s petition site days after the attack, proposes that police animals “be given protection that reflects their status if assaulted in the line of duty” and has now received more than 120,000 signatures.
Mark Tasker from the campaign said: “We are absolutely elated, we always knew this was something that would capture the public’s imagination and it seems that Parliament recognises just how offensive it is to classify the killing or serious attack on a police dog or horse as criminal damage.”
Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic from the Joint Protected Services for Beds, Cambs and Herts said: “It has been uplifting to see how much the public have got behind the issue and given their support. Naturally we support any legislation that offers an effective mechanism for reducing the likelihood of officers and their police dogs being subject to assault and injury.”
The injured German shepherd underwent emergency surgery lasting more than four hours and is now recovering at home with handler PC Dave Wardell.
The officer also required treatment in hospital but is now on the mend.
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