A dog owner has been charged with grievous bodily harm after his Belgian Shepherd bit his German neighbour Helmut L. on the penis.
The unfortunate man had rung the doorbell to ask for the neighbours to move their car when the dog ran out of the front door and bit him on the genitals.
The man, who collapsed in agony, was taken to hospital after being bitten so hard that he even had tooth marks on his private parts, which were also bleeding badly.
However, he did not report the matter to police, saying that he regarded it as an unfortunate accident.
However, the matter was nevertheless reported to cops by medics, who have an obligation to report dog attacks.
As a result, a trial took place in the district court in Rheydt, a borough in the city of Monchengladbach in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Prosecutors said they decided to bring the action because the dog owner, named as Sven H., had been negligent in his duty.
They said: “If he had taken the necessary care, the accident would not have happened.”
The victim, named only as Helmut L. due to local privacy laws, is 58 years old and told the court how he had rung his neighbour’s bell and the defendant’s Belgian Shepherd called Rex ran at him “like a torpedo” and bit his genitals.
Helmut had rung the bell because his garage door was blocked by his neighbours’ car, and he told the court: “Fortunately, I was wearing thick trousers. But it was bloody. You could see the tooth marks.”
The defendant, 45, named only as Sven H. again because of local privacy laws, was working in the garden at the time of the incident and it was his mother who opened the door.
Sven said: “She was probably not fully awake after a midday nap, and the dog was able to run out. I’m terribly sorry for the incident.”
Helmut was taken to hospital by ambulance where his wound was treated.
He said: “After two or three days the pain was over. I also did not file a criminal complaint. For me, that was the end of the matter.”
The court decided to find the man not guilty as it was his mother who had opened the door and not him.
It is unclear if prosecutors will now revisit the case with a view to taking legal action against the mother.