An OVER-ZEALOUS police Rottweiler is in the doghouse - for biting a burglar during his arrest.
Spud, a five-year-old South Yorkshire Police dog pounced on career burglar Carl Lazenby, 35, while he was hiding in a garden.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Lazenby has made a complaint 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.
Peter Hampton, defending Lazenby, said he had lost three tendons in his fingers and would never have the use of his right hand again.
He said: “A consultant warned him the arm could be lost completely, fortunately that has not been the case.”
He added there had been previous complaints against Spud and his handler had found Lazenby with deep cuts to his arm.
Elizabeth Martin, prosecuting, said Lazenby was arrested after an alarm went off when he forced a patio door at a home on Charnock Wood Road, Gleadless, Sheffield.
Lazenby ran off into a garden and Spud and his handler were called to search for him.
He was found hiding in another garden and when challenged, escaped over a garage roof but was caught by Spud.
Mrs Martin said Lazenby had stolen a handbag containing bank cards and a purse and also attempted to burgle the house next door.
Lazenby told police his benefits had been stopped and he had no money to buy food.
“Having nothing to lose he decided burglary was the best option,” said Mrs Martin.
Lazenby, of Fairleigh, Manor admitted burglary and an attempted burglary.
The court heard his criminal career began at 13 and he has been convicted of 13 house burglaries and asked for another 17 to be taken into consideration.
Mr Hampton said his mitigation for Lazenby was ‘unusual and exceptional’ because justice had already been ‘meted out’ by Spud.
He was jailed for three years and four months.
An IPCC spokesman confirmed a complaint had been received.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We have received a complaint about a police dog biting a man when he was arrested. This is in the early stages of being investigated.”