Today Black Country MP John Spellar was one of the key sponsors of a 10-minute Rule Bill by Sir Oliver Heald MP which would see tougher sentences given to people who attack police animals.

Currently, those who attack police animals can be charged under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which makes it a criminal offence to subject an animal to unnecessary suffering. The maximum punishment is six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000, lower than the maximum penalty of 10 years available under the Criminal Damages Act.

Mr Spellar said: “I am glad that Finn’s Law has passed its first stage. I will be pressing the Government to ensure it rapidly passes through Parliament and becomes law.”

“Police dogs and horses are not merely police property; they are sentient beings who bravely and loyally serve the public. I believe the law should recognise them as such and give them the protection they undeniably deserve.”

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