‘It’s just great to see him alive’ – Brave police dog Finn reunited with handler in Stevenage after surviving life-saving surgery

PC Dave Wardell was delighted to be reunited with Finn earlier today

PC Dave Wardell was delighted to be reunited with Finn earlier today - Credit: Archant

He may still be looking a little wobbly but seven-year-old police dog Finn was strong enough to be reunited with his handler PC Dave Wardell just 36 hours after the pair were both stabbed in a brutal attack in a Stevenage street.

Give us a kiss: PC Dave Wardell reunited with his companion and colleague.

Give us a kiss: PC Dave Wardell reunited with his companion and colleague. - Credit: Archant

Finn was treated at a local vets surgery after suffering serious injuries inflicted by a combat knife, but is now recovering well after life-saving surgery yesterday.

PC Wardell greeted the dog he has worked with for more than eight years with the warm embrace of a colleague and companion, sporting a taped hand from where he also received stab wounds.

Speaking about his relationship with Finn, PC Wardell said: “I’ve had him since nine months old, and we’ve been together for six and a half years.

“We’ve been out on the street for just over six years together and it’s just great to see him alive really. We weren’t sure we were going to see you like this.

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“It’s just nice to be here with him and see him so alert. He’s still on duty as well, he’s still looking around!”

Veterinary surgeon Rob Adams added: “He’s been very, very lucky. He’s done really well, surgery has gone very well.

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“He’s recovered fantastically so far. We’re not out of the woods yet but so far, so good.”

The pair were injured in the line of duty while chasing a suspect in Denton Lane after reports a taxi driver had been robbed and threatened with a gun.

It is not clear if Finn, who was due to retire next year, will return to active duty.

In the past he has helped uncovered illegal drugs, cash, guns and ammunition and has even caught a criminal who burgled a famous Hollywood star.

Five people were arrested and two have been charged in relation to the incidents.

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