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Government calls for tougher sentencing for attacks on police dogs

Attacks on police dogs

Following the attack on police dog Finn back in October, a petition was put together entitled ‘Finn’s Law’, calling for harsher sentencing for attacks on police dogs and horses — and has now been signed by over 120,000 people.

The number of signatures means that the law has to be discussed in Parliament, and yesterday this debate took place, resulting in the government backing Finn’s Law for tougher sentencing.

The new legislation may be brought in as early as next year, and is a big step forward in animal welfare. As it stands, attackers are only prosecuted for causing criminal damage when it comes to dogs and horses being attacked. However, the new legislation will mean that they will be given the same status as injured officers.