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Dog dragged to death behind owner’s car

An 84-year-old man forgot that he had his dog tied to the his tow-bar when he jumped in his car to leave a rest stop, dragging the hapless household pet to its death.

The man was finally made aware of the fact that he had his dog in tow when a startled witness managed to signal to him.

By the time the dog was attended to it was beyond saving and had to be put down.

The incident occurred on road 70 near Gräv in Dalarna in central Sweden.

The 84-year-old had taken a break at a rest stop in order to allow his pet Australian terrier to have a pee, according to the local Dalademokraten daily.

The man tied the small dog to the tow-bar at the back of his car while he sat in the driving seat to make a couple of phone calls, the newspaper reported.

Apparently forgetting his tied up canine friend, the elderly man then drove out of the rest stop and back on to the rural highway.

The man had managed to travel over three kilometres before the driver of the car behind succeeded in alerting him to his unfortunate oversight.

The dog was in a shocking state and there was little alternative but to put it out of its misery.

The 84-year-old is now suspected of cruelty to animals and gross negligence.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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