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Dogs stolen from animal hospital

Three dogs used to train veterinary students have been stolen from an animal hospital in Uppsala. Animal rights protesters are suspected of being behind the thefts.

The three beagles were taken from a kennel nextdoor to the animal hospital in Ultuna, Uppsala.

The veterinary school claims that the animals are not used in medical experiment. Ann-Sofie Lagerstedt, who leads the veterinary training at the hospital said it was “crazy” that the dogs had been taken.

“They are not subjected to any kind of distressing experiments. On the contrary, they are easy to steal because they are used to people,” she told Dagens Nyheter.

Lagerstedt said she was particularly worried about one of the beagles, which needs to take medicine regularly for a skin complaint.

The dogs’ kennel was monitored using security cameras, which helped staff notice quickly that the animals were missing. The thefts are believed to have happened between 3pm and 3:30pm on Sunday. Police have no images of the suspected thieves, as the security camera footage at the hospital is not recorded.

Police say they are treating the episode as theft, but say that there is currently no evidence pointing particularly to animal rights activists being responsible.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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