More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for police animals to be given the same status as police officers if assaulted while on duty.It comes after police dog Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while chasing a suspect in Stevenage on October 4.Police animals are not currently protected in the same way as officers if they are assaulted in the line of duty.The ‘Give status to Police Dogs and Horses as Police Officers’ petition could now be debated in the Commons. “I propose that UK Police Dogs and Horses be given protection that reflects their status if assaulted in the line of duty,” David Burstow wrote. “This would be similar to the US Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection.” Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner, David Lloyd, told the Hertfordshire Mercury the force “fully embrace the sentiment behind the petition”.A 16-year-old has been charged with assaulting an officer and criminal damage in relation to Finn’s injuries, the BBC reports. Finn with some of his get well cards. He’s feeling more himself today & starting to get a little cheeky to – much more like his old self. pic.twitter.com/wfcs5Eu5nI— BCH Police Dogs (@BCHPoliceDogs) October 13, 2016 His handler, PC David Wardel, who was also injured , said Finn is now recovering from his injuries.“Finn is an amazing partner. I can’t think of anyone or any animal I’d rather work with. His enthusiasm every day is second to none and it does rub off on you. He’s always raring to go.“It’s been really overwhelming for me, my family and our colleagues, so I would like to thank the public for all their love and support for Finn.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.