HEROIC police dog Finn and Dave Wardell – the handler whose life he saved – have made it through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
The pair won the first semi-final of this year’s series and their moving story has moved the judges on the show to tears.
Who are Dave and Finn?
Finn save Dave’s life in 2016 when he bravely leapt between the officer and an attacker while they were on a shift together.
PC Wardell from the Hertfordshire Constabulary and Finn had been trying to track down a robber who held a taxi driver at gunpoint.
During the search the suspected robber made a run for it from a row of shops.
The pair gave chase and, as they caught up with him in a garden as he ran for a fence, Finn grabbed his leg.
“In a split second” PC Wardell said he saw the man’s hand move away from his dog’s side.
“I watched as a massive piece of dark metal was pulled from Finn’s chest,” he recalled.
“It was covered in blood… it was so wide… a serrated hunting knife, probably about 10in long.”
Then he lunged again, “slicing open Finn’s head… and my hand”, he said.
After successful emergency surgery, PC Wardell helped nurse his friend back to health after Finn’s stomach had to be held together with 30 stitches.
He spent three weeks sleeping on a makeshift bed next to his dog on his road back to health, describing the hound as “possibly the most famous police dog in the UK at that moment”.
Eleven weeks after the incident in October 2016 and the pair were back in service, with Finn’s tracking leading to an arrest on his first shift.
The 16-year-old suspected of knifing Finn has now been convicted of stabbing a police dog and Finn has now taken a well-deserved retirement – at his favourite cops’ home.
The pair entered BGT with a magic act which stunned the judges and viewers at home.
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Dave seemed to be able to read Finn’s mind and guess the words both David Walliams and Simon Cowell had picked out.
The pair’s story has also left Simon Cowell and Ant McPartlin in tears as it was played out on the screen in the studio.
Also going through to the final are The Haunting and Flakefeet Primary School.
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