Police dogs and horses are to get better protection from attack as a new law named after a hero police dog comes into force.
Finn’s Law – officially called the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill – is named after a German shepherd police dog who was brutally stabbed as he protected his handler from a suspect with a knife.
The law means self-defence cannot be used as line of argument in court.
The legislation will be coupled with government plans to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences to five years in prison.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said said the laws will make sure those who harm service animals are punished accordingly.
Source: Sky News