A man is in a coma after a bulldog bit off his genitals.
The incident happened in a flat on Haddington’s High Street in East Lothian at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
Emergency services discovered the victim unconscious in a pool of blood, and it is believed he has lost his penis and both testicles.
The 22-year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was induced into a coma and the Olde English Bulldogge responsible is being held in kennels as officers investigate.
A man is in a coma after a bulldog bit off his genitals in an East Lothian flat on Sunday (stock)
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘Police in East Lothian are investigating after a man suffered serious injuries, believed to have been caused by a dog, in Haddington on Sunday.
‘Emergency services were called to a property in the High Street area at around 2.30pm.
‘A 22-year-old man was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by the Scottish Ambulance Service, and later transferred to the Western General Hospital where he remains receiving treatment.
The incident happened in a flat on Haddington’s High Street, in East Lothian, Scotland
‘Inquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing.’
It is not known whether the dog belonged to the victim.
Olde English Bulldogges were bred in the early 1970s in an attempt to recreate the historic Bulldog breed but with a less aggressive temperament.
Bulldogs were popular up until the 19th century at the peak of bull baiting and had previously been used by butchers to immobilize the animals so they could be slaughtered.
The original Old English Bulldog breed, historically popular for bull baiting, is extinct.
They were used for blood sport but declined in number along with the fall in popularity of bull baiting after the Cruelty to Animals Act was passed in 1835.
Its modern descendant, the Olde English Bulldogge, was bred in the US in an attempt to recreate the muscular and athletic animals with large lower jaws but without their vicious tendencies or health problems.