A 29-year-old man has been charged after stabbing a police dog in Stoke-on-Trent.
It's believed to be one of the first prosecutions since Finn's Law was introduced - a law giving protection to service dogs and horses after a campaign by the handler of a police dog which was stabbed.
The incident happened on Monday 1 July on Town Road in Hanley, at around 2.15pm. PD Audi and his handler were assisting officers who were trying to detain a man.
PD Audi sustained an injury to the side of his head which needed medical treatment.
29-year-old Dan O'Sullivan from Liverpool suffered a medical emergency at the scene and was taken to hospital.
He has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a police dog, five counts of assaulting police officers, possession of offensive weapons and affray.
Senior Investigating Officer, DI Stephen Ward, said:
- What is Finn's Law?
In April 2019, the House of Lords passed a law giving protection to service dogs and horses after a campaign by the handler of a police dog which was stabbed.
German shepherd, Finn, who inspired the law, was in the public gallery and barked as the bill was passed.
The law removes a section of the current law of self-defence often used by those who harm a service animal while committing a crime.
The new legislation means causing unnecessary suffering to a service animal is an offence in England and Wales.