First prosecution since new law introduced against police dogs being wounded

Picture courtesy of Staffordshire Police

A man has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a police dog in Hanley under the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.

He is believed to be one of the first prosecutions since Finns Law was introduced, following an incident on Monday.

The 29-year-old from Liverpool, has been charged with five counts of assaulting police officers, causing unnecessary suffering to an emergency service animal, possession of offensive weapons and affray.

The charges relate to an incident in Town Road in Hanley.

He will appear before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

PD Audi is now at home recovering.

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