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16-year-old boy stabs police dog in the lungs

By Mason White 3:32 PM May 12, 2017
Police Dog Finn and PC Dave Wardell
Police Dog Finn and PC Dave Wardell
By: Mason White

A teenage boy used a long knife to stab a police dog while it was chasing him, according to police in the United Kingdom.

London police said that the 16-year-old boy teenager who stabbed the police dog, has been found guilty of assaulting a police officer and criminal damage in connection with an incident in Stevenage, which saw Police Dog (PD) Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell stabbed.

The 16-year-old boy appeared at the Stevenage Youth Court, where he pleaded guilty to charges of possession of an imitation firearm and possession of a knife.

He had pleaded not guilty to assault and criminal damage, but was convicted.

The boy will sentence to prison at the end of the month.

According to the criminal complaint, PC Wardell and PD Finn, who are both with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit, were responding to a report of a robbery in Stevenage.

PD Finn was deployed and apprehended the teenager. Finn was then stabbed in the head and chest. PC Wardell was also stabbed in the hand.

Despite the severity of Finn’s injuries, he refused to let go of the boy and continued to protect its handler. The dog suffered punctured lungs.

The seven-year-old German Shepherd received emergency veterinary treatment and thankfully, has since made a full recovery.

He returned to active duty with PC Wardell, after passing the national police dog license assessments.

PC Wardell said: “I am very grateful to Finn for his response and bravery in a very dangerous situation where the suspect had a knife in his possession.

“This was a harrowing ordeal for both of us and I cannot thank the public and my police colleagues enough for their support during this difficult time.”

Officer in the Case Kirsty Richardson from the Local Crime Unit in Stevenage said: “This case demonstrates that use of a knife, let alone possession of such weapons, is totally unacceptable, as is assaulting a police officer.

“This incident could have had a much worse outcome and so I hope this sends a strong message to anyone considering carrying a knife or any other weapon.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I’d like to acknowledge the bravery of both PC Wardell and Finn, who put the pursuit of a suspect above their well-being and were both injured in the process.

“The support that they have both received from the public, MPs and dog lovers around the world has been incredible. The Chief Constable and I will be recommending Finn for the most prestigious award for dogs on behalf of the people of Hertfordshire, who thank them both for their hard work and dedication.”

Hertfordshire Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Thankfully, both PC Wardell and PD Finn have made a fantastic recovery, but this incident should serve as yet another reminder of the dangers frontline officers and police dogs face every day.
I am grateful to them and the officers and staff who successfully brought the perpetrator to justice.”

The boy told the court that he stabbed the dog in self defense, but the judge called the teenager a liar.