It's not unusual that you weren't called for his hearing. I assume he was just being arraigned, which is about a 90-second reading of charges, entry of a plea, and setting of bond. There's no need for the plaintiff to attend.
I, for one, don't do the dog thing. Then again, I don'tburglarize houses either, but it will end badly for Fido if a dog ever attacks me again.
Anyway, it looks like that was handled well enough - no unnecessary bloodshed and someone intent on malfeasance caught in the act. Good on ya.