Welwyn Garden City fundraising dog walk in support of police dog and handler who were stabbed

PUBLISHED: 17:28 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:28 25 October 2016

PD Finn is recovering well after being seriously injured attending a call out in Hertfordshire.

PD Finn is recovering well after being seriously injured attending a call out in Hertfordshire.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Police officers, their family members and their pets took part in a dog walk in Welwyn Garden City this morning in honour of a police dog and his handler who were stabbed while chasing a suspect.

Today PC Dave Wardell joined policing colleagues from across Hertfordshire and their family members to take part in a fundraising walk in aid of Luna Animal Rescue.

The walk, at Stanborough Park, was organised by Hertfordshire Constabulary, following a suggestion from communications operator Joanne Czuba who was on duty in the Force Communications Room on the night that PC Wardell and PD Finn were injured while responding to a robbery in Hertfordshire earlier this month.

The walkers and their four legged friends completed a 45-minute route around both lakes within the park.

PC Wardell, who has two police dogs, took part in the walk with four-year-old Pearl, who is a drugs, cash and weapons police dog, as Finn is still recovering from his injuries.

Detective chief superintendent Jane Swinburne, who helped to organise the event, said: “Those within the policing community wanted to show their support for PC Wardell and PD Finn and the work that police dogs and dog handlers do on a daily basis to protect the public and bring offenders to justice.

“Both myself and Dave were delighted with the turn out. There were around 70 people there and we raised an impressive £689.”

The funds raised will help the work of Royston-based Luna Animal Rescue which re-homes dogs, cats and small animals.

PC Wardell said: “It was great to see such a large turnout at the walk. The support myself and Finn have received from the policing community and the general public has been overwhelming. I would like to thank everyone who took part today and gave generously to the rescue charity.”

Natalie Howe, the co-founder of Luna Animal Rescue, said: “We are really grateful to all the people who have turned out to support Dave, Finn and Luna Animal Rescue. The money raised will be really useful in helping with our vet bills.

“We would like to wish Dave and Finn all the best with their on-going recovery.”

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