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Loyal dog Finn in brave fight for life after he and police handler suffer Stevenage stabbing as five arrested


David Wardell with Pearl and Finn

The police dog stabbed after five people were arrested during three separate incidents in Stevenage last night remains in a critical condition.

David Wardell with police dog Finn

Finn, a seven-year-old German shepherd, is currently being treated by specialists at a vets surgery near Hitchin.

Brave Finn and his handler PC David Wardell were stabbed in Denton Road, Stevenage, around 1.15am as they chased a suspect – after officers received a call from a taxi company relating to reports a driver had been robbed at gunpoint hours earlier.


The heroic duo gave chase but PC Wardell received an injury to his hand, with Finn suffering a wound to his head and chest. The dog is currently receiving specialist treatment in a bid to save his life.

Head of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Dog Unit, Inspector Mark Farrant said: “Our thoughts are firmly with David and his family at this extremely difficult time.”

David Wardell with police dog Finn

The officer – who has had Finn since the loyal canine was nine months old – has been through many dangerous situations before including catching the burglar of a famous Hollywood star, as well as uncovering illegal drugs cash, guns and ammunition.

But Finn – who was due to retire next year – is facing up to the biggest battle of his life.

Finn’s animal-loving owner PC Wardell, spoke to our sister publication Hertfordshire Life magazine in August, saying at the time: “Finn has been around a long time and has seen it all. He is not scared of anything.


“We get sent to very tricky situations and often have no idea what we are dealing with. Many times people can turn aggressive.

“Finn has, on numerous occasions saved me, other officers and members of the public from serious assaults and harm, but on occasion I have had to save him from danger.”

Finn’s nose skills are so good he even once helped David find his car keys in a huge field of freshly cut grass.

PC Wardell spoke fondly of his loyal companion saying: “Most police dogs live at home as it’s important to build a bond.

“When dogs are retired, the handler generally gets first refusal. I will be keeping Finn.

“He’s earned his place by the fire and is most definitely part of the family.”

In the interview PC Wardell added: “Finn just loves what he does.”

A distressed neighbour in Denton Road – the scene of the stabbings – told the Comet: “It’s bad enough when people are attacked but when someone attacks a dog it’s just not right.

“I just hope Finn pulls through. Why would anyone want to harm a lovely dog?”

[Source Story: HumansLovingAnimals ]



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