The group, Stoppa Oplanerade & Ofrivilliga Hundmöten (‘Stop unplanned and involuntary dog encounters’), was started on Facebook by Hubbe’s owners and breeders after a vicious attack killed the beloved canine.
“There’s nothing wrong with letting dogs run loose (if there isn’t any requirement for a leash), but to not call them ahead of a meeting and take responsibility and have control over one’s dog is irresponsible and betrays a lack of respect,” the group writes on its Facebook page.
After an official website was launched and a petition started, the group has slowly been gaining popularity in their hopes of preventing unleashed dogs from coming into contact with one another.
“The tragic background is really what happened on Saturday, July 2nd when Hubbe the Border Terrier took his last walk,” said Maria Nilsson, head of the group to the Nyheter24 website.
“Hubbe’s owner tied him up and walked away just like many times before, but life was never the same afterwards,” she said, adding that Hubbe was then attacked by two unleashed bigger dogs, causing injuries which ultimately proved fatal.
The group has worked with mapping dog attacks in Sweden that have occurred since 2006, statistics they claim are not recorded properly.
The map includes the locations of the attacks, as well as details of each attack.
“The work with the map has been sluggish, but I’m hopeful that we’ll get more information,” she told the website, adding that all dog encounters should be planned, not unplanned.
The group is selling the fruits of their labours, stickers with dog attack maps, for 55 kronor each ($7.80) through their website.
“And we’re serious, we’re not going to give up, tire, or back down from the discussions,” Nilsson told the website.