Thanks to Jon who writes the excellent blog “Jon’s Dogs” for barking in a recent post. And thanks, Jon, for the kind words about this blog!
Please be warned that this post and article have some upsetting information. What a coward and scumbag!
Greetings from cold Stockholm, Sweden!
I thought I might tip you about a story I’ve covered on my blog. It’s about a man who allegedly kicked a bichon fris to death and is now pleading he acted in self-defence. The story has run in the press here in Sweden today.
You can reproduce my article if you like on your site. I think it’s important that people know that even here in Sweden, where we’re known for our peaceful approach to life, people are still dreadfully cruel to animals sometimes.
I always read Dogster and enjoy your blog very much.
Very best wishes,
Here’s the article Jon mentioned.
Swede Kicks Bichon Fris to Death
January 15, 2008
Unfortunately, even violence takes place against dogs here in Sweden. Aftonbladet reports this evening that a Bichon Fris called Ronja was kicked to death by a 51-year-old man who claims he acted in self-defense.
The incident occurred earlier this summer in a holiday area called Grovstans, just north of Stockholm.
11-year-old Bichon Fris Ronja and 9-month-old pup Findus were playing about on the lawn outside Cecilia Lindqvist and Morgan Svenssons cottage.
An unnamed 51-year old male approached with his own dog, a dalmatian. Findus, ran out to the road and barked at the man.
According to Morgan Svensson the man ordered him to control his dogs and threated to kick them if he didnt or set his own dog on them.
Ronja then came down to the road to investigate. Svensson told the man to leave his property but the man kicked Ronja in the stomach, kicking her into the air before leaving.
Svensson acted promptly, putting Ronja in his car and driving to the vet.
But she died on the way. She looked at me and then closed her eyes, Svensson told Aftonbladet.
The 51-year-old is now being charged with animal cruelty. He denies the charge, instead, claiming he acted in self-defense and was only trying to protect himself and his dog.