Finn’s Law – the latest from our police dog campaign!

Last month we let you know about the callous attack on police dog Finn and urged you to contact your MP and call for a change in the law to increase sentencing and provide a stronger deterrent against future attacks on police animals like Finn.

We’re pleased to say that more than 14,000 of you took part in our online action calling for better protection for police animals in the line of duty and the Minister for Policing, Brandon Lewis MP, is clearly keen to act. Thank you to anyone who forwarded us your MP responses – it's refreshing to see many personalised emails and letters from MPs who also wish to see the law upgraded.

According to the newly released Sentencing Council’s guidelines, attacks on police animals will no longer be classed as damage to ‘property’ and will now be treated as an aggravated attack on a living sentient being, effective from April this year. So a big paws up for that!

However, we were disappointed to see that the actual sentences which would be applied under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 do not reflect the seriousness of the assaults. We feel that much more can be done; sentences must act as proper deterrents for criminals, so it becomes widely known that if any harm comes to a service animal in the line of duty the perpetrator should expect to pay the price. We’re asking for a meeting with the Minister Brandon Lewis MP to see if there is scope to increase the penalties to this effect.

We’ll keep you posted but for now thank you to everyone who has got involved so far with Finn’s campaign. With Finn already bravely back on duty patrolling our streets to keep us safe, we will keep working to ensure better protection for him and all police animals.


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