Police dogs aren’t property! Write to your MP about #FinnsLaw

Demand greater protection for police dogs like Finn

Police dog Finn was stabbed multiple times in his head and chest while performing his duty and protecting his handler. He was badly hurt, but he survived and has just returned to work where he will continue working to protect the public.

Yet, as it stands, the law doesn’t recognise the bravery of animals like Finn. Police support animals are classed as ‘property’, meaning that people who harm them can only be charged with criminal damage, not assault, and often receive inadequate sentences.

The thousands of animals up and down the country who work in police services are far more than ‘property’. They’re intelligent, sentient, highly-trained team members, who often put their lives on the line.

We’re supporting the campaign for ‘Finn’s Law’. Join us!

We want to see:

  • Tougher sentencing for anyone found guilty of deliberately harming a police support animal.
  • Redefinition of attacks on these animals as ‘aggravated assault’ rather than ‘criminal damage’, in line with legislation around assistance dogs.

Please write to your MP, and ask him or her to get behind greater protection for police dogs and other emergency service animals.

We’ve provided a template email. Please feel free to personalise the text before you send it, but remember to keep it polite.

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Police dog Finn was stabbed multiple times in his head and chest while performing his duty and protecting his handler. He was badly hurt, but he survived and has just returned to work where he will continue working to protect the public.

Yet, as it stands, the law doesn’t recognise the bravery of animals like Finn. Police support animals are classed as ‘property’, meaning that people who harm them can only be charged with criminal damage, not assault, and often receive inadequate sentences.

The thousands of animals up and down the country who work in police services are far more than ‘property’. They’re intelligent, sentient, highly-trained team members, who often put their lives on the line.

We’re supporting the campaign for ‘Finn’s Law’. Join us!

We want to see:

  • Tougher sentencing for anyone found guilty of deliberately harming a police support animal.
  • Redefinition of attacks on these animals as ‘aggravated assault’ rather than ‘criminal damage’, in line with legislation around assistance dogs.

Please write to your MP, and ask him or her to get behind greater protection for police dogs and other emergency service animals.

We’ve provided a template email. Please feel free to personalise the text before you send it, but remember to keep it polite.

Dear MP,