A police dog critically stabbed in the line of duty has been saved after receiving emergency surgery.

Rob and Finn
DVS soft tissue surgeon Rob Adams with Finn after surgery.

The German shepherd dog sustained stab wounds to the head and chest as he and his handler, PC David Wardell, pursued a suspect in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Finn was rushed to Roebuck Vets in Stevenage where his wounds were dressed and he was stabilised before being transferred to Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS) near Hitchin for the emergency surgery.

Multiple stab wounds

DVS soft tissue surgeon Rob Adams conducted the operation. He said: “For legal reasons, we cannot disclose the full extent of Finn’s injuries. We are, however, able to confirm multiple knife injuries were sustained to his head and chest involving several of his vital organs.”

Major surgical intervention, including open chest surgery, was required to save the dog’s life.

Several drains were placed after surgery to manage the degree of trauma and contamination risk from the knife. Surgery went well and Finn was transferred to intensive care to recover.

Loyal partner

Finn and PC Wardell
Finn is on the road to recovery with his handler, PC David Wardell, who said: “I can’t imagine life without him.”

Dr Adams said: “It is a testament to Finn’s incredible bravery, tenacity and loyalty to his handler, to know he continued to stand firm in the line of duty with no regard to the extent and severity of the injuries he suffered.”

Finn has since been discharged into PC Wardell’s care and is on the road to recovery.

PC Wardell said: “I knew he was in safe hands with Rob Adams, but because of the extent of his injuries, I was so worried I was going to lose him.

“Finn’s not only my loyal partner at work – he’s also a part of our family. He has a home for life with me. I can’t imagine life without him.”

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