An MP is looking for Watford's cutest dog to celebrate the passing of an animal protection law.

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, will be holding a competition and pet owners are asked to send the most adorable pictures of their dogs.

The competition is being held after the passing of Finn's Law and the introduction of the Animal Welfare Sentencing Bill.

Finn's Law - also known as the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill - came into effect last month and prevents those who attack or injure service animals from claiming self-defence.

The law is named after Finn, a Hertfordshire police dog who was stabbed while pursuing a suspect in 2016. Finn suffered stab wounds to the chest and head, but only criminal damage charges could be brought against his attacker.

The Animal Welfare Sentencing Bill was introduced to Parliament at the end of June. If it becomes law, animal abusers could face up to five years in jail - an increase from the current maximum sentence of six months.

Watford Observer:

Richard Harrington MP (pictured above) said: “It’s important that we stand up for innocent animals who aren’t able to stand up for themselves, and we must protect them from all forms of cruelty. Watford is a town of animal lovers, and as a proud member of the Animal Welfare all-party parliamentary group I look forward to seeing the entries!”

Email your pictures along with your name and address to The deadline to send in your photos is August 19.

The winner will be judged by the Watford Observer and announced on August 27, the day after International Dog Day 2019.

Prizes for both humans and dogs are up for grabs!