A 37-year-old man from Westcliff has become the first person in Essex to be charged under Finn’s Law.
Finn’s Law was introduced as part of the Animal Welfare Bill last June, which protects service animals such as police dogs and horses.
The law is named after Finn, a police dog who was stabbed whilst pursuing a suspect with his handler.
Police dog Tygo was allegedly assaulted in Leigh-on-sea on Friday December 6, 2019, when he and his handler pursued a driver who had got out of a car, which had failed to stop when asked to by police.
Adam Bibby, of St. James Gardens, was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, also known as Finn’s Law, as well as six motor vehicle offences.
He is due to appear at Southend Magistrate’s Court on Monday August 3.