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It's not just people who help keep law and order - dogs and horses help our police force carry out their role. For one police dog, Finn, performing his job put his life in danger; when he and handler Dave Wardell encountered a knife-wielding criminal in the early hours of the morning the unthinkable happened. Soon, a vet was telling Dave to say goodbye to Finn as there was a good chance he would not survive the night.
Thankfully, Finn and Dave fought back to physical and mental fitness, and amazingly returned to work 11 weeks after the attack. The incident highlighted the need for legal protection for animals in the front line, and gave rise to the campaign to see Finn's Law enacted. If this incredibly moving interview motivates you to find out more, visit the Finn's Law website, or their Facebook page, or their Twitter feed.
- PC Dave Wardell
Alabama Rot has been hitting the headlines in the UK, but how worried should dog owners be, and how can owners protect their dogs from it? Vet Marc Dhumeaux tells you what you need to know. He has advice on keeping track of areas of the UK affected, and what steps to take to put your mind at ease.
You can find out more at the Pride Veterinary Centre website.
DogCast Radio News
In the news, you can hear about the surprising reunion between an owner and her dog in Pannsylvania, and how dogs are helping to sniff out burst water pipes in the UK. In Chile dogs are helping the forests
recover from devastating wildfire, and historical canine and human remains in the Philippines have revealed how high a cultural status dogs were given. Modern technology can help dogs - as in the case of Duke, who had a 3d printed prosthetic leg - but it can create problems, as in the case of Barbra Streisand's cloned dog - a story we'd love to hear your take on!