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Hells Angels boss faces charges over vicious dog attacks

The Local · 11 Sep 2011, 10:06

Published: 11 Sep 2011 10:06 GMT+02:00

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In the worst-case scenario, Frank Hanebuth could face charges of grievous bodily harm. It is still not clear how the two dogs got out of his heavily guarded property. “The question of whether this was a deliberate act still remains,” officials said on Saturday.

The aggressive dogs had been running lose in the district of Wedemark, north of Hannover, on Thursday evening. They bit five people, causing serious injuries to two of them.

In a newspaper interview Hanebuth apologized publically to those who had been attacked.

“It was a terrible accident. I hugely regret what happened to the victims,” Hanebuth told the Neue Presse. “It is absolutely clear that I will use all the means at my disposal to take responsibility for the incident.” The 46-year-old owner had himself gone to the police on Friday.

According to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Hanebuth’s lawyer expects his client to only be charged with bodily injury caused by negligence. However, there is also the prospect that he could face the more serious charge of grievous bodily harm.

Hanebuth said he was “horrified and shocked” by what had happened. The dogs had been trained and had never attacked anyone before. “They weren’t beasts,” he said.

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13:18 September 11, 2011 by storymann
These animals were full of hate which says more about the owner than the dogs.
13:42 September 11, 2011 by Ludinwolf
I agree with you storymann. dogs mirror owners a lot.

This pic: no so confident now crook.
21:21 September 11, 2011 by derExDeutsche

interesting article about dog owners and dog laws in Germany.
14:01 September 12, 2011 by Vargaz
Perhaps he will have to turn over his illegally gotten gains as compensation to the victims and then - run out of the country. It is surprising that a vicious gang of criminals are even tolerated in Germany. The only reason they are tolerated in America is because they have more guns than the police, pay heavy graft in their drug operations, and no one cares.
02:39 September 13, 2011 by Freeman
Oh please turn two dogs and an owner story into USA maddening obsession with guns.

The dogs obviously had a gripe.
13:59 September 14, 2011 by Maddi70
The dogs where trained as watchdogs if you have a look into Der Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/0,1518,785514,00.html and not to be lapdogs that is clear to me. Not the dog is the problem almost always the owner is, right. Weapons/Guns per se are also not killing people. Shall that mean that just because that guy is a gang boss he is guilty? It could but that should be dealt with in court. From my experience owners living outside the ¦#39;proper¦#39; society are caring more for their dogs than most others resp. the dogs are more socialised.

Have a look at the link the ExDeutsche inserted. I think for some it might be interesting what the legislation is about. In my opinion it says under this jurisdiction that all dogs of a certain breed are guilty by birth.

At least that guy stood up for what had happened. He apologized and said that he is willed to pay for it. That is what I would expect from some others here.
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