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Record sentence for Stockholm puppy torturer

TT/Rebecca Martin · 21 Dec 2011, 15:21

Published: 21 Dec 2011 15:21 GMT+01:00

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”As far as I know a court has never before sentenced anyone to such a long term in prison for cruelty to animals in Sweden before,” said prosecutor Jakob Holmberg to news agency TT.

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 garbage bag, oozing blood.

Police later found a dead puppy in the bag and took it to a nearby animal hospital, where it was established that the little puppy had been badly beaten.

During the trial it became clear that the man had bought the nine-week-old puppy to be a companion for him when he moved to Stockholm, but that he soon started neglecting it.

He locked the dog in a cellar storage room and in the toilet. When it urinated and defecated on the floor he beat it, both with his hands an with its leash. He also allegedly hung it up by a hook.

The animal finally died after the man had put a plastic bag over its head and held a blanket around the body. According to the man, he was feeling upset and took his anger out on the puppy.

He now claims he misses the dog.

The prosecutor in September argued for the strongest possible punishment for the man, who admitted torturing the puppy to death.

”It was very sadistically done,” said Annika Oljeqvist of the south Stockholm police, to TV4 News at the time.

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

The court on Wednesday sentenced the man to 15 months imprisonment. The maximum penalty for cruelty to animals in Sweden is two years in prison.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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15:39 December 21, 2011 by Svensksmith
Jeffery Dahmer in the making.
16:24 December 21, 2011 by tgolan
raping a child gets a shorter sentence than torturering a dog,, I've lost any respect I had left for the court system and the Judges
16:32 December 21, 2011 by eppie

No it doesn't.

Anyway, good sentence. About time that the justice system starts taking these things seriously.

Especially since (as Svensksmith rightly points out) most freak serial killers (or other criminally insane people) begin with torturing animals.

They should have also have forbidden this man to ever get children.
16:33 December 21, 2011 by crunchy2k
There are many dogs out there that are potential Jeffery Dahmers. To take this to a lessor step in training our dogs...How many here have hit them as 'Bad Dog.' I found after living with dogs for 40 years, they are true pack animals. Feeding them doesn't make you pack master. Some hints. Never hit your dog. Use a stern voice. Say owe if he bites. Dogs are pack animals. Pack membership is not hurting those in the pack. You and your family are the main pack members. \\\Put him to sleep if he attacks you or a family member. \\\\The last step is having a routine your dog will always alert to. In my case, it is opening a car door. My dogs always travel with me or I give them away. My dog will come to that door. He loves to ride and give little kids kisses. So no matter what, I can call him off a bad behavior by a simple car door.
16:58 December 21, 2011 by J Jack
I am a dog loving person but I gotta say, other dog people bore the crp out of me with all their un-relevant well meaning advice. It amazes me how the Swedish legal system works. If your dog bites a home invading criminal the courts can demand it put down but because it's not tortured thats ok. I'm waiting for a doggy director to score a Hollywood budget for 'The Rise Of The Planet Of The Dogs'.
19:15 December 21, 2011 by jostein
Wow, thats a harsher sentence than killing swedish pensioners when arguing about parking! Something is very strange in this land.
19:25 December 21, 2011 by Lavaux
What is the polity or state's interest in punishing cruelty to animals? If it's to deter cruelty to animals, and punishment is not a deterrent, then what's the point? Vengeance, not so? On whose behalf the vengeance, then? The animals' or the aggrieved animal rights activists'? If on the animals' behalf, then what of the butchery of farm animals? If on the animal rights activists' behalf, then why should the killing of puppies be treated any differently than the killing of chickens? Because puppies are cuter than chickens and don't taste as good? Or is it because the propagation, raising and butchery of chickens is lucrative and nutritional while the same can't be said of puppies?

I'm not following the red thread, here. But that's not account of any failing of mine.
19:55 December 21, 2011 by yourkidding
Sure hope his cell mate is a dog lover ;-)
20:18 December 21, 2011 by eppie

Well someone that does this has a pretty high chance of becoming someone who kills pensioner over a parking space.


You are right, but you know, the farming lobby is even more powerful than the oil and weapon lobby's combined.
20:30 December 21, 2011 by Investor612
crunchy, I don't know your experience in dog training. Mine is in training bird dogs and I've trained field trial competitors. You are right it is never necessary to hit a dog. However, it often is necessary to physically control/intimidate dogs if they start behaving badly. You don;t raise well-behaved, happy dogs by being sweet all the time. Dogs are a pack animal and packs have leaders. You have to be the big dog. Be consistent at it, your dog(s) will know their place in the pack and be happy, well-adjusted dogs.


Your argument is absurd. The criminal here was punished for cruelty to animals for the manner in which he killed the puppy. If he had it euthanized humanely there would be no issue. people who kill their chickens in an unnecessarily cruel manner would be subject to penalties.
21:59 December 21, 2011 by Keith #5083

I agree
22:11 December 21, 2011 by Grokh
if he had raped children and killed people he would have gotten less than 10 years. -_-x
00:52 December 22, 2011 by jvtx3232
I am going to go out on a limb here and state for the record that I am staunchly opposed to puppy-torturing!
04:46 December 22, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
As stated before, a monster in the making.

Torturing and killing puppies at the age of 22 ... a guy like this can only get worse.

Hang the *(&^%...*^$#@!*
08:44 December 22, 2011 by heyheyhey
I hope someone kills this b@stard when he gets out of prison.

And for those of you who fail to understand why this man is punished while other animal abusers go free........well let me say that I believe it is wrong for any human to kill animals......period.

We do NOT need to eat meat to live. We do so because we CAN do so. But, that does not make it morally right to do so.

I am waiting for the day when the aliens come to our planet and start eating humans. I hope humanity then GETS IT!!!!!! You know, the reality that it sucks to be killed, and is even worse to be beaten and tortured first.

This vicious b@stard will always be dangerous, so I hope that nobody ever marries him, and that he is forever forbidden to have an animal again.
09:56 December 22, 2011 by Borilla
The bastard got less than he deserved. This is casebook sadism. But what about the politicians who buy the votes of their Northern constituents by letting them kill wolves? Nothing like a good day out in the forest killing things that have done you no harm.
10:10 December 22, 2011 by Paddy
@ yourkidding

I hope his cellmate is a man-lover!!
11:39 December 22, 2011 by Grokh
I think the biggest issue is not how long he got, everyone agrees that he got what he deserved.

The issue is a lot of people do way worse and get less.

They should all get just as much or even more.
11:53 December 22, 2011 by Migga
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
16:20 December 23, 2011 by Britt-Marie7
Amazing! I do love animals, but there is something wrong with a justice system, where killing a human being gets less of a sentence. But this is Sweden! Very typical!
17:51 January 5, 2012 by Observant
I sincerely hope that the Svenska Kennelklubb will place this animal killer on their list of persons who MUST be prohibited from owning a dog for LIFE.
23:33 January 29, 2012 by janeway
I know what I would like to do with this 22 year old, but I won't type it because then it will be removed by The Local. Just use your imagination in case you're an animal lover/owner!
22:57 March 12, 2012 by strixy
he will do it again upon release. Ban him from owning animals for life.
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