• Sweden edition
 
Dog owner sentenced after attack

Dog owner sentenced after attack

Published: 17 Sep 2011 09:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Sep 2011 09:34 GMT+02:00

A dog owner in western Sweden was sentenced and fined after her Rottweiler viciously attacked two joggers in a wooded area last summer.

Local courts found a Borås woman guilty of causing grievous bodily harm when her Rottweiler attacked and severely bit two joggers in a wooded area on separate occasions last summer.

The convicted dog-owner is on probation for 100 days and must pay 25,000 kronor (about $4,000) in damages, according to local media Borås Tidning.

The district court held that the dog-owner neither had supervision or control of her four-legged companion as required by law.

In one incident, the dog allegedly charged a female jogger, tore through her arm muscle and continued to attack her legs and face. The victim finally fended off the dog with a sharp stick.

As the investigation pursued, authorities discovered that the Rottweiler had previously attacked another jogger in the same area without the owner being able to stop the animal.

During the trial, the dog-owner denied accusations that she had been negligent, maintaining that the dog had managed to tear through and escape both a leash and muzzle.

The courts could not validate such claims, noting that she neither had supervision or control over the dog as required.

The dog has since been put to sleep, at the mandate of local police.

TT/The Local/kh (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

13:47 September 17, 2011 by Beavis
Am really shocked how people here have large dogs with no muzzles. There is no way they can control the dog should they turn nasty, get frightened by something and attack etc.More shoced though that there is not any rules to say they have to.
14:49 September 17, 2011 by vancer
easy way to solve this...

if your dog bites someone you the owner are charged with assault.

If your dog kills someone you the owner are charged with murder.

If a person wants to have a dog they have to take on full responsibility and punishment for any of it actions as if they themselves had done it.

Maybe these irresponsible, mentally challenged people will be a bit more careful in future.

and for those who think "oh...not my dog, mine is gentle and not aggressive"...

That's what most dog owners whose dogs maimed and killed also thought..you can never know what a dog will do...even after years of showing no signs of aggression at all.

If you think you do know..you are one of the mentally challenged.
15:53 September 17, 2011 by willowsdad
Vancer: So you hate dogs and those who own them...??

Animal lovers are often accused of loving animals and disregarding people, but perhaps it's easy to see why.
16:07 September 17, 2011 by Boar
Hon är snäll. Han är snäll. That's what I hear from many idiots.
17:25 September 17, 2011 by J Jack
Rottweilers are very passive dogs, especially ones with a little mixed blood. People will always own dogs, cats, birds, fish , reptiles .. perhaps joggers should also beware of Boa Constrictors and Pythons that have been released into Swedish woodlands by reckless owners who don't want them when they get too big .. these snakes attack dogs .. while we're at it we should tag Moose & Elk with giant reflex red triangles and decree that they don't travel faster than 30 k's.
18:38 September 17, 2011 by AnnicaE
Rottweilers with a little mixed blood are no longer rottweilers.
18:55 September 17, 2011 by Scansson
Excellent to read that the Swedish Judicial system is following through with these types of irresponsible dog owners.

It's really not the dog that is the criminal, it comes down to the dog owner and how they handle their animals in public places, and are to be held accountable.

Most owners of Rottweilers, at least the one's I've seen, are not very responsible dog owners. These animals are a special breed and need more attention than other domestic pets.

If the dog bites someone the owner fined/sued for the first offense and for the second, a 6 month jail term.

If the dog kills someone, it should immediately be put down and the owner sued and sent to prison for involuntary manslaughter as Swedish law permits, which seems close to what has happened in the article.
19:02 September 17, 2011 by Gabin
The Year of the Cat.-. or take a dandie,,,
19:46 September 17, 2011 by usajon
Rottweilers account for about 30% of dog bites in the USA. Pittbulls account for another 30%. Both breeds have no place in a civil society. Increasing the liability for owners of animals breed for violence is a good first step.
20:37 September 17, 2011 by Boar
I looked at the picture in Google. Now, I know. I see this kind of breed very foolish dog. It never obeys to the owner. If the owner says to sit. Then it will sit. But, in 1 second again it behaves to it's wolf nature. It gets up again and keeps barking. It behaves like as if it got infected with rabies. It is like taming an wolf. Can a person tame a wolf?
22:20 September 17, 2011 by Corvinus
Nice analogy Boar, so the owner is the U.S. and the dog is Israel right? :P
11:32 September 18, 2011 by B*tchslap
I think two factors are at play here. First, the nature of dog is naturally aggressive but we tend to focus on rotts, pits, dobies, shephards and other large dogs simply because they are big and harder to control. Many very small breeds (and mutts) are equally aggressive but we tend to laugh them off because we could stomp them into a puddle of goo if we had to. We take the natural, instinctive aggression of big dogs more seriously because they have the real capacity to kill us or seriously injure us. Therefore, it is not the dog species but rather the dog's size and strength that intimidates us; if we encountered a Pomeranian that weighed 60 lbs I don't think too many of us would consider it cute. Our natural sense of fear would kick in and we would see it as a threat.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, the dogs that scare us the most tend to be sought out by people that wish to scare us. Rarely do I see a rott, dobie, pitt, presacanaria, dogo, etc in the company of a mature, well-educated, responsible adult. Most of the time, I get the sense that owners of these dogs are a bit off-kilter, somewhat aggressive or uncontrolled themselves. We have this innate ability to sense that about other people and I think people who own the kinds of dogs that scare us the most are the least willing to control the dog's aggressive nature. Instead, they want to cultivate it and use it as a tool to boost their own power in the human-to-human relationship.

They are sad, sad people who own these dogs. The law should stipulate that all dogs over a certain weight/size limit should be required to wear chest harnesses and muzzles. And the owners should have a special license that requires a training program for both dog and owner.
13:08 September 18, 2011 by Borilla
Dogs become vicious or uncontrollable because their owners choose to make them so. Penalizing the owners is the proper thing to do. It is not the breed or size of dog but the irresponsibility of the owner. Perhaps there should be a test and licensing requirement for owners. However, one should also take many of the above comnents with a grain of salt, since they appear to come from members of a sect that beats fear of dogs into their children from an earlt age.
14:50 September 18, 2011 by Twiceshy
A test and a license for being a dog owner? What's next, a test and a license for being allowed to enter Systembolaget?
21:58 September 18, 2011 by Corvinus
No, a test and a license for children would be nice though....
23:03 September 18, 2011 by Da Goat
In answer to Boar, no a wolf cannot be domesticated even if raised from a small puppy, they tend to act as you say, they will not learn obedience at all. and yes it is the owners fault, most dog owners treat their dogs wrong and love them more than they discipline them causing the poor dog to think they are in charge and puts the responsibility and stress on the dog to defend the owner, a calm submissive dog does not worry about its owner and will not attack! Normally rotweillers are dopey stupid dogs i have found so yeah they may not be trainable/stable dogs suitable for any useful thing apart from frightening people!

B*tchslap might have a point too about the owners being the same!
20:14 September 19, 2011 by securityguy
Just put the owner to sleep!
Today's headlines
Eco-conscious Swedes in hen house trend
Chickens photo: Shutterstock.

Eco-conscious Swedes in hen house trend

Fresh eggs from the hen house at the bottom of the garden is the latest eco-friendly fad being pursued by Swedish urbanites ready to run the risk of a little neighbourhood friction to keep their Saturday pancakes organic. READ () »

Football fan father leaves baby in sweltering car
Parked car photo: Shutterstock.

Football fan father leaves baby in sweltering car

A baby was saved from a car parked in the stifling heat outside of a football stadium in western Sweden on Sunday with the child's father believed to be at the game. READ () »

Police launch probe after Easter ferry smash
A coastguard vessel involved in the rescue operation. Photo: TT

Police launch probe after Easter ferry smash

Stockholm police are investigating criminal negligence in connection with a crash involving a small taxi vessel and a giant Finland-bound ferry on Friday which left three people needing rescue from the icy waters of Stockholm's archipelago. READ () »

Ikea to introduce 'green' vegetarian meatballs

Ikea to introduce 'green' vegetarian meatballs

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is planning to put vegetarian meatballs on the menu in an attempt to cut down on its carbon footprint, the company has announced. READ () »

Students to keep paying off debt beyond 67

Students to keep paying off debt beyond 67

The Swedish government has proposed scrapping the 25-year span for repaying student loans, by suggesting those who attend higher education should keep paying the money back well into retirement. READ () »

Drowned puppies found in crayfish cage
The crayfish cage in the picture is not the one mentioned in the story. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Drowned puppies found in crayfish cage

Police in eastern Sweden have launched a preliminary investigation of animal cruelty after two puppies were found drowned in a crayfish cage. READ () »

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat
Rickard Rundgren Björk of the coastguard services speaks to the media after the rescue operation on April 19th 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin /TT

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat

Three Saturday morning sailors had a lucky escape after their small boat collided and sank after it crashed into a cruise ship whilst sailing in the Stockholm archipelago. READ () »

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK
Sofie Marie Jansson. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK

British police have found the missing Swedish girl Sofie Jansson in London, exactly a week after she was last seen, with authorities saying she is doing well. READ () »

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party has stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
Advertisement:
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

718
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com