PCC Supports Bill to Make Attacking Police Dogs a Crime
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, today reaffirmed his support for the proposed Service Animal (Offences) Bill (also known as ‘Finn’s Law’).
In a letter addressed to the Home Secretary, the PCC voiced his support for the proposed Bill stating: “Our police animals face the same perils as our officers out on the frontline, day in, day out in order to protect our staff and citizens. They are valued members of the Police family and, as such, their wellbeing should be paramount.”
The Bill, also known as ‘Finn’s Law’ follows the stabbing of a Police Dog (PD) named Finn in Hertfordshire in 2016. Finn almost died after he was stabbed in the head and chest whilst chasing a suspected robber. Following the incident, campaigners lodged a successful e-petition, which topped 127,000 signatures and triggered a debate in Parliament.
The PCC was first made aware of PD Finn’s plight through members of the Animal Welfare Scheme who provide an independent check on the condition and welfare of Gwent Police Dogs. Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert
The Service Animal (Offences) Bill is scheduled to receive a second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 16th March 2018.