Man charged for dragging dog to death

A man in Stockholm has been charged with animal cruelty for dragging a dog behind his car for several kilometres after forgetting he had tied it to his vehicle, according to newspaper Metro.

The man, who is a security guard, had initially loaded two dogs in his vehicle but while he was leaving one on an assignment at an industrial area in central Stockholm, he tied the other one by its leash to the car door.

However, when he was leaving, he got into the car and drove off, forgetting that he hadn’t loaded the other dog back in the car.

By then it was dark outside and he didn’t see the dog waiting by the vehicle.

A female driver said she saw the dog being dragged after the car on the motorway. She signalled for the guard to stop, but he didn’t pay her any heed.

It wasn’t until some time – and about 10 kilometres – later where another driver honked his horn repeatedly and gesticulated wildly, that the man finally understood something was seriously wrong and pulled over, according to the paper.

By then, the dog had died.

The prosecutor is of the opinion that the man has subjected the dog to unnecessary suffering through gross negligence and he has been charged with animal cruelty.

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Swede’s surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox

You know when you're enjoying a fika at your Swedish summer house and then suddenly a fox walks up to you and rudely finishes all your coffee?

Swede's surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox
The Swedish fika fox. Photo: Viktor Risling

That's what happened to Viktor Risling in Grötlingbo on the island of Gotland.

“At first I thought there was something yellow walking towards me. I looked up and saw it was a fox. It came very close. I put my hand towards it and it smelled my hand. After that it smelled my coffee,” he told The Local on Tuesday.

“Then it drank the coffee right beside me. It was very nice to be so close to nature.”

Risling snapped a series of pictures of his unexpected fika companion and posted them on social media. They quickly went viral after the Dagens Nyheter newspaper first picked up the strange story.

But the guest's table manners left something to be desired when he knocked the cup over to drink.

“The fox enjoyed the coffee a lot. It's a wild animal so it can't behave properly. But it will learn, we are working on it,” laughed Risling.

The daring animal missed out on the standard Swedish cinnamon roll with his coffee, but Risling revealed that he did still get a special treat.

“It came back today, and I gave it some turkey. It enjoyed it. I got a friend now.”

Interview by The Local's intern Saina Behnejad.