A 74-year-old man who owns two Doberman Pinschers has been sent to prosecutors over an incident in May in which one of his dogs bit four people in Nagoya.
Police said the owner has been charged with negligence resulting in injury, Sankei Shimbun reported Friday.
The Doberman escaped from a house in Moriyama Ward at around 8:40 a.m. on May 28 and attacked two men collecting garbage and two women pedestrians. One of the garbage collectors called police for help.
Police and firefighters captured the Doberman about an hour later. The dog was one of two Dobermans owned by the man. He told police the Dobermans escaped when he opened the gate to take out his garbage. One of the dogs remained at the house while the other ran away.
The man chased after the Doberman but fell and broke his leg.
Before the incident occurred, residents had complained to the municipal government that they were afraid of the Dobermans. Officials told the owner to make sure the dogs could not get loose.
When the Dobermans got out, they were not on a leash and police determined that the owner should be accountable for the injuries sustained by the four people.
The two dogs were taken to an animal care center right after the incident, and have since been taken in by volunteer organization which is looking for a new owner.© Japan Today