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Police Dog Finn and police dog handler scoop huge Crufts award

We are delighted to hear that Police Dog Finn and Dave Wardell, great friends of Police Hour have been awarded a Freinds for Life award.

We have followed the emotional story of Finn and Dave since the news broke back in 2016 that Finn had been injured on Duty and came close to death.

Police Dog Finn who nearly died while protecting his handler from a knife attacker has won an award at Crufts.

The amazing German Shepherd Finn was stabbed when an attacker came after Police Constable Dave Wardell and Finn jumped in the way of the knife taking a stab wound in the head and chest in an attack in Hertfordshire in October 2016.

PC Dave Wardell and his police dog fin who is now enjoying retirement are now campaigning for Finn’s Law seeking tougher sentences for service animal attacks.

The story of Finn has been documented in an emotional book that tells the story of what happened that evening and Finn’s journey to recovery. 

Finn also recently won the Police Twitter awards where the pair were recognised for the work they have completed on social media

On Sunday they were awarded the Kennel Club’s Friends for Life award in recognition of their close bond.

The prize “celebrates a lifetime of friendship and the heartwarming stories of how humans and dogs transform and enrich each other’s lives”, the canine organisation said.

The attack on Finn was, in the eyes of the law – criminal damage – which PC Wardell described as “the same as breaking a window”.

Speaking after they were honoured at Crufts, PC Wardell said: “I can’t believe it. I feel so emotional. Just by being here we had won already.

“It has been a culmination of years of campaigning to get Finn’s story heard.”

Huge congratulations go to Finn and Dave well done.

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Trevor Sherwood is the Editor of Police Hour. Trevor studied Crime and Investigation at Teesside Uni and has a background within policing.

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