A new law came into action yesterday that means deliberate injury to police animals will become a criminal offence, all thanks to Britain’s Got Talent contestant PC Dave Wardell and his former police dog, Finn.
Just last month, the House of Lords passed the law to protect service dogs after Dave started a campaign in Finn’s honour. He claimed that the change of law was an amazing achievement”.
While on duty in 2016, both Dave and Finn were stabbed trying to detain a man who held a taxi driver at gunpoint as he robbed him.
Finn almost died when he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest by the criminal, as he aimed to defend his handler.
Many would agree that the 16-year-old got away very lightly due to only being charged with criminal damage; which was the only law that had been passed in regards to injury to animals
As a result of the incident, Dave aimed to bring about justice for the attack on Finn and created a website to support the campaign known as ‘Finn’s Law’.
The website read: “On 5th October 2016, Police Dog Finn was viciously stabbed on duty with a 10-inch hunting knife while detaining a robbery suspect.
“Although Finn had sustained life-threatening injuries from the first attack, he bravely dived in front of the second thrust, aimed directly for PC Dave Wardell, his handler and dad.
“Finn saved his dad’s life. However, the second slash with the knife caused another horrific wound to his head. Finn was bleeding profusely.
“Finn survived, just.
“Little did they know their journey had just begun…”
The law has been bought into play after a change was made to the Animal Welfare Act.
During an interview, Dave said: “This has been an incredible but testing journey, however, it has been such a joy to be a part of, we have met people from all walks of life with a common interest, to ensure police animals are protected while serving their community.
“Finn has attended every single stage at Parliament and is quite a feature there now.
“He has made many friends throughout this journey and I’m sure he won’t forget a single one. I’m proud of my best friend, he has certainly gone down in history.
“He has turned such a horrendous event into something so positive, his legacy will never be forgotten by his furry colleagues.”
Viewers were left in tears when the pair took part in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent which showed off Finn’s ability of physic powers. It was even more emotional when hosts Ant and Dec introduced the vet to the pair, who had attended to Finn after the incident.
In the House of Lords, Sir Oliver said: “I am delighted that service animals will now have the protection they need and will not simply be treated as property like a police radio.
“Finn has attended every stage of the bill and has been very well behaved, but I think he was entitled to his bark as the bill passed the House of Lords.”
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