Finn’s Law Introduced to Protect Service Animals

Michael Gove

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill has come into force, which gives extra protection to service animals such as dogs and horses. The law takes its name from Finn, a police dog, who was stabbed whilst in a chase with his dog handler, PC David Wardell.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, 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.”

PC David Wardell 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 positivity from that one negative as we could.

The campaign was run positively on me 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.”