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Two remanded after gruesome puppy torture

Two dog owners have been remanded in custody on the suspicion of torturing two puppy dogs to death, in what is believed to have been an attempt for an insurance payout.

A 32-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were remanded on Sunday on the suspicion of aggravated animal cruelty.

It is believed that they killed two dogs, one of which was a 10-week-old American Staffordshire Terrier, which was found dead and dismembered after the pair initially had reported it stolen.

The puppy’s body was discovered in the middle of June in Tumba, south of Stockholm.

The dog owners are also believed to have been responsible for the death of a 6-month-old dog of the same breed, which was found dead in May in a wooded area of Skärholmen.

“It had very severe internal injuries and had been subjected to very heavy violence,” said prosecutor Jakob Holmberg to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

The two are also suspected of fraud after attempting to claim an insurance payout for one of the dogs from their insurance company.

The man and woman are also suspected of aggravated drug offences.

Police have launched an investigation, and are keen to get in contact with witnesses, as well as the breeder responsible for selling the puppies to the pair.

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OFFBEAT

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.