An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal expert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair con­tin­ues her col­umn

Uxbridge Gazette - - Animal Matters -

This week let’s hear about two dogs, each very dif­fer­ent but both know their own mind.

Firstly, Ai­dan takes af­ter my own heart. Not only does he like to lie on the sofa but he also prefers the cosiest part – the end seat. More­over, when he’s laid on the sofa he likes to be cov­ered with a fleecy blan­ket.

Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home have a cam­paign say­ing “Staffies. They’re softer than you think” and, if they’re like Ai­dan, you can see why.

When he goes for a walk, he likes to take his favourite toy – a plas­tic sausage dog. He’s gen­tle and likes a cud­dle but has a cheeky side and tries to work things out to his ad­van­tage.

He re­mem­bers things that work and tries them again an­other time. Al­though he’s good-na­tured, he can be quite dif­fi­cult to move if he wants to stay put. Ai­dan is cur­rently in foster care and is look­ing for a home where peo­ple are around most of the time as he finds it dif­fi­cult be­ing alone. If there’s space on your sofa for Ai­dan to­gether with his blan­ket and favourite toy, con­tact Bat­tersea Old Wind­sor at bow.re­homers@bat­tersea.org.uk or call 01784 494 443.

Finn is an­other dog who knows his own mind. On Oc­to­ber 5 2016, Finn, a Ger­man Shep­herd po­lice dog, was chas­ing a rob­bery sus­pect with his han­dler PC Dave Wardell when the sus­pect at­tacked them.

Finn sus­tained se­ri­ous stab wounds to his chest and head while pro­tect­ing his han­dler who sus­tained a stab wound to the hand. Even af­ter be­ing stabbed through the lung Finn did not let go of the sus­pect un­til the sus­pect was ar­rested. Finn was ex­pected to die but af­ter hours of surgery and weeks of re­cov­ery, he sur­vived.

The sus­pect was charged with Ac­tual Bod­ily Harm for in­juries to the han­dler but only crim­i­nal dam­age for the hor­rific in­juries to Finn. Un­der UK law there is no spe­cific of­fence for caus­ing in­jury to a po­lice an­i­mal while car­ry­ing out their du­ties. Finn’s Law is a cam­paign to change this and would see caus­ing in­jury to ser­vice an­i­mals in­clud­ing po­lice dogs and horses becoming a spe­cific of­fence.

Progress has been made and the next read­ing of the Bill in par­lia­ment is on June 15. Team Finn (finnslaw.com) is ask­ing us to con­tact our MP let­ting them know we sup­port the bill. Mean­while Finn, now re­tired, has just en­joyed his first swim in the river for this year.

Sofa so good – ami­able Ai­dan

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