Commissioner Discusses #FinnsLaw with Minister
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has met with the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, to discuss the rights of police animals.

A petition launched following the stabbing of Hertfordshire police dog, Finn during an operation in Stevenage in October, is being debated in the House of Commons today.

David Lloyd met with Mr Lewis at the Home Office this morning, and spoke about the concerns of the campaign behind the petition, who have argued for a change in the law.

The current arrangements mean those who injure animals are prosecuted under criminal damage and animal cruelty laws.

Speaking after the meeting, the Commissioner said: “I’m pleased the Minister is listening to the concerns of the large number of people who signed this petition. People are not happy about the way the current laws refer to animals as “property” and it’s clear the courts are not always prosecuting offences to the full extent available to them.”

“Whether a new law is needed is up to parliament to decide. If, however, the current system is to be used we must ensure the Sentencing Council impress on prosecutors the serious nature of these crimes.”

“Attacking a police animal should not be treated in the same way as damaging a police car. The public clearly think the same, and the fact PD Finn’s brave actions have prompted this response shows how much the public care about our animals important contribution to policing.”

The Commissioner also met with Finn’s handler, PC Dave Wardell, who is recovering well after being injured in the same incident.
David Lloyd also announced that Finn will be put forward for the prestigious PDSA Gold award, known as the George Cross of animal awards.