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Dogs eat owner’s body: ‘A third of him was gone’

A 43-year-old man was found dead at his home in western Sweden, where his body had been partially eaten by his two pet Caucasian Shepherd Dogs.

Dogs eat owner's body: 'A third of him was gone'

“We needed dental records to identify the body – about a third was gone,” Tommy Johannesson of the Kinna police told The Local.

The body of the deceased man, who lived in Kinna, south east of Gothenburg, was discovered on Friday, and had likely been there for two weeks, according to police.

A friend of the man had reported him missing after he had tried to visit the house but couldn’t get in, alerting officers to the fact that the dogs were loose inside.

Officers who headed to the scene reported a horrific stench coming from the home, and found the man’s body had been mangled by the dogs.

“We went in to the house and found him dead on the kitchen floor. We were forced to shoot and kill the dogs to get inside, they were protecting their prey,” Johannesson told The Local.

The dogs, which can grow to be 90 kilogrammes and are often used to hunt bears, had eaten enough of the body to leave it unrecognizable, according to Johannesson.

“These kinds of dogs are quite aggressive and dangerous,” he added.

It remains unknown whether the dogs were responsible for the man’s death, but a coroner’s report has ruled out the possibility of murder. The man is believed to have died of natural causes.

The breed of dog, which is uncommon in Sweden, is strong muscled, big boned, and measure around 70 centimetres tall.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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