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Stockholm man saves child from raging dog

Joel Linde · 7 Jan 2012, 11:33

Published: 07 Jan 2012 11:33 GMT+01:00

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Pontus Klingspor, 38, has been voted a Swedish hero in daily Aftonbladet's list of everyday heroes, Svenska Hjältar, after rescuing a boy from being attacked by a Rottweiler.

"I saw the Rottweiler hanging by Carl Johan's leg. I didn't think, I just threw my laptop case and rushed towards it," he told daily Aftonbladet.

"I ran for 30 metres before I kicked the beast with full force."

Estelle Nordenfalk was walking along the popular Stockholm avenue Karlavägen with her sons Carl Johan, 6, and Philip, 4, when the powerful beast got away from its owner and headed towards the boys.

Nordenfalk lifted her sons up, one in each arm, but lost her grip on the 6-year-old as he was being pulled away from her by the raging beast.

"The bloodier Carl Johan got, the more aggressive the dog became," she told Aftonbladet.

"I just screamed. As a mother, to not be able to protect your children, it still haunts me."

Even though about 20 people saw what was happening, Pontus Klingspor was the only one to react.

The dog released its grip on the boy when Klingspor's first kick hit him, but the animal didn't stop there. It came back to have another go.

After Klingspor had gripped it's ear and neck, he was able to get the leash back on as the shocked owner came running to help.

However, as Klingspor turned around, the dog managed to free itself from its owner yet again and jumped to another attack on the helpless 6-year-old.

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This time, Klingspor wrestled the dog to the ground and managed to tie it up.

Six-year-old Carl Johan suffered injuries to his calves, thighs and back, but later recovered in hospital.

"I have children of the same age myself. I didn't think, I just reacted on instinct when I saw the beast hanging by Carl Johan's leg," Klingspor told Aftonbladet.

The animal was later put down with the owner's consent.

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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12:33 January 7, 2012 by byke
Top bloke.
13:23 January 7, 2012 by glenquagmaire
Pleased to see the kid was helped in time....
13:48 January 7, 2012 by BillyB
"Freed itself from the owner yet again"...so clearly they should not have had this type of dog.

Surely there needs to be some check/tests performed to make sure people can handle these dogs before they are allowed to take them out in public.

The amount of times i have seen a dog taking their owner for a walk here is incredible, they have no chance of controlling it
13:50 January 7, 2012 by star10
Amazing how people are so passive in Sweden. Everyone should have reacted. But only one person reacted while a 6-year boy is being eaten by dog in the city center, in the middle of so many people. People here just see and wait for the police. It is a highly instituitionalized mentality that every emergency should be left to be dealt by the police or some other state agency.
13:51 January 7, 2012 by Svensksmith
Way to go Pontus!
14:11 January 7, 2012 by David S
star10 - it's not just Sweden, it's a well studied issue called "the bystander effect". In fact the more people there are around to help, the less likely it is that anyone will.
14:24 January 7, 2012 by StockholmSam
Flip the dog on its back then stomp on its stomach, chest, balls and legs until it is immobilized and near death. Don't wait for animal control. Kill it immediately with your bare hands. If a dog bites your hand, instead of yanking it away, push it with all your strength further into the dog's mouth and down its throat. It will loosen its grip but you can keep pushing until the dog dies.

I was amazed two years ago when an idiot teenager (covered with tattoos, so obviously a tough guy) was walking through a crowded Mariatorget park (tons of kids) with a large Argentine Dogo OFF LEASH! I told him to leash it up but he said the law allows him to have it off leash as long as it is under control. The dog outweighed this guy plenty. Then he said the classic, "oh, my dog is nice. He loves children." I am sure this Rottweiler did, too.
15:24 January 7, 2012 by Frobobbles
Illegalize dogs within the borders of human habitats!
15:38 January 7, 2012 by star10
@David S: thank you!
15:51 January 7, 2012 by 2394040
We may as well face facts: some pet owners aren't very intelligent. I know here in the USA that attacks often hapen by breeds of dogs that have a reputation for being dangerous. Rottweilers and, especially pit bulls are the most common ones. I've only known one pit bull owner who had what I might call "good sense". When he walked his pit bull, it was always on a leash. He also carried a pistol. When asked why he had such a dangerous dog and a pistol, he stated that the dog was to protect him from dangerous people. The pistol was to protect him from the pit bull. In this instance, the owner of this dog should be severly punished.
16:40 January 7, 2012 by Beavis
Yet another attack on a child by a dog the owner could not control, and these are just the ones that make the news. Then theres all the attacks on adults that dont make the news.

I dont blame the dogs, but surely its time for Sweden to insists on muzzling large dogs (and maybe some humans!) How many children have to be needlessly mamed or even killed first? Sometimes I think Sweden has lower safety standards than many 3rd world coutries- driving while on the phone (and even texting before!) being legal.Building safety codes (or lack of them) etc etc
16:43 January 7, 2012 by insect
What Im wondering is where the owner was why the owner didn't react and a total stranger was the one to get the dog away from the dog. Did he faint or was he paralyzed or what? He should be charged with negligence and all other kinds of lawsuit to teach him and other people like him a lesson. Sadly this won't happen, in fact he'll sue the other dude for kicking his dog and the woman for stressing the dog by having kids...
17:29 January 7, 2012 by Borilla
@Frobobbles and Stockholm Sam

Your religion is showing. Stockholm Sam you are working on a serial killer profile.
17:34 January 7, 2012 by insect
meant get the dog away from the child..
18:01 January 7, 2012 by Svensksmith
The reason that this is news is because it happens infrequently...far less than attacks on humans by other humans. Every dog owner is responsible for his/her pet but let's not go overboard and ban or muzzle all dogs.
19:57 January 7, 2012 by J Jack
I lost count of how many times the dog was referred to as a 'Beast' which was probably a more appropriate label for the owner. This dog will have to be put down and the owner must account for it's neglect. Rottweilers are powerful but not bad or stupid unless they are broken by their trainers. I would like to hear more about the owner apparent lack of effort to re take control of the 'beast'.
20:55 January 7, 2012 by dizzymoe33
This is such a sad tragedy and I know this can happen at anytime. No one truly knows what will set a dog off. But at least the boy is recovering from his physical injuries but unfortunately he will be forever scarred emotionally by this event. Also I am glad to hear that the dogs owner consented to the dog being put down. Really there was no choice he had turned on a human being and tasted blood.
21:40 January 7, 2012 by Beavis
@Svensksmith Quite the opposite actually. Its not in the news as it happens so frequently in Sweden.Occasionally when very small children are involved it makes the news.

Ive had 4 friends attacked by dogs in Stockholm alone. Ive been there twice. as mentioned you never know when a dog gets set off. Some of the bigger dogs there is no way you can stop them if they go out of control.

Hopefully a big one bites you in the ass and youll change your tune then. But then Swedes also see no problem with locking a big dog up in a 60sqm 5th floor apartment block.. or keeping cats on leashes constatnly! In any other country this would be animal abuse.
22:17 January 7, 2012 by javalava
The boy's parent should sue the dog owner for risking other people's life. Your pet is your responsibility. My sister in law was attacked by a dog whose owner was too weak to control its leash. She reported her to police. The lesson is that if you can not manage a dog, the don't have one then!
00:11 January 8, 2012 by Svensksmith
@Beavis I am far more worried about the two legged variety of animal than any four legged creature. But thanks for the good wishes.
23:57 January 9, 2012 by strixy
I have seen similar irresponsible dog owners in Norway too so sadly I suppose it is just a matter of time before something horrible happens.

Amazing that the crowd stayed passive. Mr Klingspor has saved the boy's life while the others were watching.
01:25 January 10, 2012 by Buze
Put down the owner!

And to Frobobbles & StockholmSam F#*K YOU!!!!
22:42 January 11, 2012 by Gefle383
As mentioned above, big dog locked up in an apartment for most of the day only to get out 2-3 times a day to have a whizz/dump, not good for the animal. I'm also amazed walking around Gävle at the size of some people walking dogs probably the same weight as them. If that dog goes off on one, the owner won't have a chance of keeping it under control. I think there should be a ban on certain breeds being kept in apartments, remember, all dogs are related to wolves and instinct can take over, no matter how well trained the animal is, not the dogs fault, but as for the irresponsible owners, well they should be the ones paying the price and I don't mean just from their wallet !
22:39 March 12, 2012 by strixy

I have two big dogs in an apartment. They get 3 or more hours of exercise a day including off leash runs and retrieving a ball. They are too tired to do anything else but sleep when they are not out with me. It is not the living space that matters but the stupidity of some owners.

Actually, most dogs that attack people are dogs that live locked up in the garden all day and develop extreme territorial behaviour as a result of unsupervised free running around the yard. Just read the stats from the US for example.
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