The handler, PC Dave Wardell, of a police dog stabbed while in the line of duty has spoken of the animal’s brave recovery.
PC Dave Wardell was also stabbed in the hand while his German shepherd Police dog ‘Finn’ received stab wounds to the head and chest in Stevenage, on 5 October.
They had been called in to apprehend a man who was suspected of robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint.
“Finn was stabbed trying to protect me,” PC Wardell said. “He got it first.”
“He was taking down an offender as he has done hundreds of times, and in the blink of an eye everything changed.”
PC Wardell rushed Finn to a local vet who carried out surgery to save the Finn’s life.
“I stayed until they made me go to hospital then I came back,” PC Wardell said.
“The bond between a handler and his dogs is second to none. Seeing my partner stabbed was one of the worst days of my life.”
Finn returned to his home four days later. He shares his home the Wardell family and a spaniel sniffer dog Pearl.
Pearl the spaniel, which Finn shares his kennel with “has been missing him lots”.
“Finn’s allowed for short walks and goes to the kennel then shows off a bit because he’s allowed back inside the house.
Finns stitches will be removed next week. It may be a few weeks before vets can give him the all clear to go back to work.
A 16-year-old male from south-east London, was charged with assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.
the original story of finns ordeal can be found here