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Finn’s Law has now come in to ensure Service Animals are protected

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What an amazing journey it has been since that almost fatal night back in 2016, Since then Finn has changed the law and had an appearance on BGT.

Finn’s Law has officially been introduced within the UK the new legislation is designed to protect service animals like Police Dogs and Horses.

The Law came in to effect on June 8th following years of campaigning by Dave Wardell and his team because of the circumstances Finn faced when he was stabbed.

Police Hour has relentlessly supported Dave & Finn since the incident in 2016 and had the pleasure of meeting both the Fabulous Finn & Dave over this period of time.

Dave is a very down to earth Policeman, Finn is very relaxed and friendly while Seb Ellis the support team behind the scenes is absolutely amazing.

What Dave & Finn have achieved will ensure service aninimals are protected for a lifetime, they have made a huge difference and have ensure a possitive change within the law.

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill – which has been dubbed ‘Finn’s Law’ – will prevent those who attack or injure the animals from claiming self-defence.

Along with the government’s plans to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences to five years in prison, the new law will help bring justice to service animals and those who harm them.

The law named after Finn who was stabbed on duty while protecting his dog handler Dave, When the offender was arrested he could only be charged with criminal damage on Finn because he was classed as the property of the police.

To help lift the profile of Finn’s Law both Dave & Finn headed to Britain’s Got Talent despite already achieving Finn’s law before the live shows. They wanted to use the show to raise the profile of Finns Law in readiness for Finns Law Part 2. 

They went on the ITV show to share the story of Finn when in 2016 he was stabbed in the chest while protecting Dave. 

Finn is now a retired police dog and raises awareness of animal welfare.

He said: “The last two and a half years have been quite a journey of discovery for Finn and me. We decided that we just had to bring change to make sure our amazing service animals, including police dogs and horses, had protection in law. We wanted to bring as much positive from that one negative as we could.

“The campaign was run positively on my and my family’s request and it was wonderful to see so many thousands of people getting involved. Clearly, our service animals are held in high regard, as they should be. We must now make sure we follow up this amazing news on #FinnsLaw with #FinnsLawPart2, the increase in sentencing as soon as possible.”

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “This law is about giving our service animals the protection they deserve as they dedicate their lives to keeping us safe.

“I am committed to making the UK the best place in the world for the care and protection of animals.

“Congratulations to all those who have campaigned to make Finn’s Law a reality and to Sir Oliver Heald for campaigning for this from the start.”

Sir Oliver Heald MP said: “I am very pleased that the measure that began 18 months ago as my Ten Minute Rule Bill was so strongly supported by colleagues across the House, that it is now on the statute book.

“I pay great tribute to the Campaign Team, Sarah Dixon, Nicola Skelley and above all, my constituent, PC Dave Wardell and the marvellous Finn. From today, service animals and their handlers have the legal recognition they deserve.”

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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