An enquiry has been launched following an incident where a police Rottweiler bit a career criminal during a chase, reports the Yorkshire Post.
Spud, a five-year-old Rottweiler, pounced on 35-year-old career burglar Carl Lazenby as he was hiding in a garden.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that Lazenby later complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after nearly losing his arm.
He appeared in the dock with his right arm heavily bandaged more than two months after the incident.
Lazenby’s barrister Peter Hampton said he had lost three tendons in his fingers and would never have the use of his right hand again.
Mr Hampton said: “A consultant warned him the arm could be lost completely. Fortunately that has not been the case.”
He said there had been previous complaints against Spud. It is not known whether the dog is still performing his duties or whether he has been suspended.
Elizabeth Martin, prosecuting, said Lazenby was arrested after an alarm went off when he forced a patio door at a home in Gleadless, Sheffield.
The police were called and found Lazenby walking down nearby Oak Road with a bag.
He ran off into a garden and Spud and his handler were called to search for him.
Lazenby was eventually found hiding in another garden and, when challenged, escaped over a garage roof but was caught by Spud.