• Sweden's news in English

Young girl has face bitten by rottweiler

TT/The Local · 2 May 2010, 10:02

Published: 02 May 2010 10:02 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"The dog wouldn't let go; it had to be wrenched away. Fortunately it didn't bite her round the neck," said police sergeant Ebbe Nyberg.

The incident occurred in a residential area in Umeå. The dog was being kept inside but managed to slip out through a door that had been left open.

"It ran out and attacked the neighbour's girl," said Ebbe Nyberg.

The girl was taken to Norrland University Hospital to be treated for facial injuries. According to the hospital, the 5-year-old's injuries are serious but not life threatening.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

"We don't know if anything will come of it. It's more an insurance matter. It's a special case; if the dog escaped from the house it's hard to see it as a crime," Nyberg told local newspaper Västerbottens Kuriren.

Story continues below…

The owner decided immediately after the attack to have the dog put down, a task that was duly carried out later in the evening.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

12:36 May 2, 2010 by Kronaboy
What the hell is with all these dogs in residential areas, they should be banned completely from urban areas, if nothing else to stop them from fouling public areas.
13:31 May 2, 2010 by rba
Kronaboy better ban people from urban areas as well, people are known to be pron to violence.
14:05 May 2, 2010 by Beavis
Im still shocked that certain breeds do not require muzzles to be worn when out in public
14:15 May 2, 2010 by Kronaboy

That's something that seems to be reserved for you Europeans.
16:33 May 2, 2010 by DAVID T
I feel sorry for the dog - poor thing
17:55 May 2, 2010 by Rahelli
I feel sorry for a kid.Some times dogs behove are diffcault for me i like to stay with cats than a dog
23:04 May 2, 2010 by mjennin2
@Beavis -- but the report states that the dog was being kept in and had simply escaped; it wasn't "in public".

Screw muzzles, I think it should be made illegal to integrate certain breeds into society. Rottweilers, pitbulls, dobermins and other predispositionally violent animals should be banned from domestic upkeep. Just like how people can own certain guns but others are illegal (sawed off rifles, for example), or just like why you can own a cat at home, but not a panther...these animals can't help their natural instinct. People are dying and the dogs are dying because of owner irresponsibility and the dog's natural (non-malicious) instincts. They need to be bred out of society.
00:42 May 3, 2010 by Da Goat
"The dog wouldn't let go; it had to be wrenched away.

Amazing what a blow with a lump hammer to the cranium will do! That is sure to make anything let go! Other than that a swift kick to the underside normally works wonders, dogs hate that.

Yeah I agree who wants a great useless oaf of a dog that is only good for food recycling, large dogs are for idiots or poorly hung men!
12:17 May 3, 2010 by Kronaboy
@Da Goat

Taking lump hammer to a few owners would probably be more effective, after all the dog is just following it's natural instincts
13:49 May 3, 2010 by Audrian
It is a pity some people are treating dogs as if they are human beings. They treat them as if they are babies and make them feel that they can go away with anything. Dogs that have been peaceful for several years might turn vicious for the slightest provocation.

This particular dog might have been irritated by cries of the child. It might have been patiently waiting to teach the child a lesson - show the child that it is above her.
15:08 May 3, 2010 by B-dogg.
What do I think? I think this story was printed purely because it was a bite from a Rottweiler more than any other reason. Had it been a Labrador this story would not have been news worthy. My girlfriend was also bitten in the face around age 5 in Sweden and she too has the scars to prove it. The difference perhaps, is this was during the 80s, and it was caused neither by Rottweiler, Doberman or Pit Bull, hence it didn't make the news. There are several thousand Rottweilers in Scandinavia going through life not harming anybody and there are thousands more people who do receive medical treatment for dog bites in Sweden every year from other breeds. But their stories are not heard because they weren't seemingly being mauled by the "right types of breeds" which make good news. This is in part how we developed the foolish and unfair belief there are good breeds and bad breeds. I also agree with Audrian's post.
18:46 May 3, 2010 by Greg in Canada
Must be something about dogs with their roots in Germany.:-)

My wife has been bit twice by German Shepherds while out running. A friend of mine was bit by a Doberman while riding his bicycle.

I've owned Labs and Golden Retreivers, but I'm always nervous around Rotties, Dobermans or German Shepherds.
19:21 May 3, 2010 by mjennin2
@B-dogg: I am sorry to hear about your GF's attack. And this is not meant to make light of it. But most other non-aggressive breeds don't necessarily have the predatory jaw structure to do the sustaining damage that other more aggressive dogs can. With the exception of dogs who have been abused or trained to fight, most "peaceful" breeds such as Labradors, or even the mean yappy smaller ones, just simply do not pose a life-threatening issue. Dogs such as rotties, German Shepards, pitbulls, etc, have naturally inherant aggresive instincts -- whether they be territorial, or off of the desire to feed, protect, etc. After all, it is no mistake that cops use K-9 shepards, or people purchase pitbulls or dobermins to protect private property. I think the reason stories like this make the news is because the media is playing up a story that most people are used to being violent and vicious - after all, people are drawn to tragedies like this. Even if rotties attacked often, but the damage they could sustain was minimal, the media wouldn't share the story.

Besides, in a way, this indirectly spreds awareness of the dangers of breeds that just naturally have more agressive instincts. This is important.
12:57 May 4, 2010 by bbeynch
There is absolutely no reason why such dogs and `kamphundar` should be permitted in our civilized inner cities. In addition all ownership of `kamphundar`, and dogs ovber a certain size, should be subject to a suitability test. Let's face it most owners of such ferocious, danegrous, animals are unfit to own them! And to keep such an attack creature in a City apartment is a grotesque perversion of our civil rights.
19:30 May 4, 2010 by B-dogg.

Actually singling out certain breeds has accomplished nothing so far. It has though spread prejudice and a misplaced belief certain breeds are inherently dangerous while others are inherently safe. It has also drawn more irresponsible owners towards these breeds. No body has benefited except perhaps media, lawyers and politicians. We the public are still being bitten by all sorts of dogs.

Most people seriously bitten by dogs seem to be children. In fact the last fatal attack I am aware of in Scandinavia happened to an 8 year old girl and it was from a Briard. Briards are not particularly interesting writing for a journalist if they're after big headlines. But if a Briard can kill an 8 year old girl, another can obviously do the same damage the Rottweiler in this story did.

There is nothing structurally different about a Rottweiler's jaw to a Labrador's, except maybe size. Size is the main thing which will determine a dog's ability to bite hard. Both breeds have 42 teeth in their jaws


For a serious face attack from a "peaceful" Labrador:

Today's headlines
Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available