Swede charged for ‘sadistic’ puppy torture

On Thursday a man from Solberga, in southern Stockholm, was charged for torturing his puppy to death.

Swede charged for 'sadistic' puppy torture
The dog in the picture is not the one featured in the article.

”It was very sadistically done,” said Annika Oljeqvist, of the south Stockholm police, who has been handling the case, to TV4 News.

The puppy was discovered by a pre-school class in March this year. While playing in a wooded area outside the school, the children found a black bin bag, oozing blood.

Police later found a dead fighting dog puppy in the bag and took it to a nearby animal hospital.

When the vet opened the bag it was established that the little puppy had been badly beaten.

The prosecutor is arguing for the strongest possible punishment for the man who has admitted torturing the puppy to death.

”If a human had been killed in a similar way the prosecutor would have demanded 18 years or life in prison,” said Oljeqvist.

”It is very uncommon for the prosecutor to demand the maximum penalty for cruelty to animals, as far as I know it doesn’t happen very often,” said Karin Solberg, press officer at the southern Stockholm policeto TV4 .

The maximum penalty for cruelty to animals in Sweden is two years in prison.

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Shopkeeper jailed for ‘torture’ of three teens

A Stockholm shopkeeper has been jailed for two years for locking up three teenage boys in his store's cellar for ten hours, where he mimicked aspects of water boarding on one of them.

The shopkeeper, who was armed with a drill and knives, suspected that the teens were behind two previous break-ins at the store in Årsta, southern Stockholm.

When the trio was in the man’s shop in late January, the shopkeeper managed to capture and detain the teens with the help of three other men. He then took them to the cellar of the shop, where he kept them for ten hours as he tried to force a confession from them.

The boys, aged 14, 15, and 16, feared for their lives during the ordeal. One of them reported that the shopkeeper placed a wet towel over his face and poured a bucket of water over his head.

The court considered the abuse was “close to pure torture”, according to the Mitti newspaper.

On Monday, the shopkeeper was sentenced to two years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated coercion, robbery, and abuse. One of the man’s accomplices was also sentenced to two years and four months, while a third was sentenced to community service. The fourth suspect is awaiting a the verdict of a psychiatric evaluation before he is sentenced.

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