Mirek Dlugolecki was left with puncture wounds in his arm after being bitten while walking around Lake D, near Horsham Downs, last Sunday.
Mr Dlugolecki did not want to talk to media, but his younger brother George said Mirek was walking around the lake when he saw a man and a woman with the dog.
The woman was hiding in nearby bushes, apparently as a lure for the dog to chase.
Mr Dlugolecki said that instead the dog ran and attacked his brother.
"The man came over and tried to get the dog off, but it wouldn't let go."
The dog let go only when it was knocked away. I guess this dog will certainly be a police dog. He's learnt from osmosis.
Mr Dlugolecki said the two people told his brother they were with the police, and blamed the incident on the dog being only eight months old. Huh?! so they blame the dog for being a dog? Usually pet owners are blamed for their pet's behaviour. Obviously cops have a law all to themselves!
Mr Dlugolecki went to Waikato Hospital's accident and emergency department, where he paid $50 for a tetanus injection.
Police spokesperson Kris McGehan said the two people at the lake were an off-duty dog handler and his wife.
The german shepherd had been gifted to police to see if it would be suitable as a police dog. I guess it is. Potential police dogs were assessed in public places such as shopping malls, parks and city streets to see how they behaved.
Ms McGehan said police were concerned the incident had happened, but there were not normally safety issues with public training. I don't quite understand this. No safety issues around the public? Isn't that were you'd expect it?
No action would be taken against the dog handler. WHAT?!?! I see some double standards here !!
"The incident was the result of over-exuberant puppy play. The handler followed all correct procedure. He offered assistance to the man, but was declined. He told the man he was a police officer and asked for the man's details, which weren't given," Ms McGehan said. Well folks, next time your puppy bites someone, copy this article and give it to the judge.
Ms McGehan said had Mr Dlugolecki given his details he would have been sent a formal apology and an offer to meet all medical costs. Huh!! Shouldn't the dog owner (ie cop) pay the fee. yes, the fine, plus need to put a muzzle on the dog? Why are these dogs allowed to bite someone and not get punished? I totally disagree with the decision.