Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Police officer kidnaps dog to save him from euthanasia

A dog scheduled for euthanasia was kidnapped and saved by a policeman in Denmark. Dog lovers are rallying behind Lars Bo Lomholt, a police officer accused of kidnapping a German Shepherd from a kennel the night before the dog was scheduled to be put down for biting another dog.

At first, police believed the theft was carried out by a man pretending to be a police officer. But now Lars, a 20 year veteran, faces criminal charges and dismissal from the the North Zealand police department.

Thor, a 7-year-old German Shepherd Dog, is owned by a woman named Jette. In September 2012 the dog and his owner Jette were out on a walk when a smaller dog jumped out behind them and scared Thor. Thor, who was on a leash, was startled and bit the dog once.

According to Jette, she and the owner of the smaller dog both apologized to each other over the incident and exchanged information. When the smaller dog was taken to the vet, the incident was reported to the police. Jette received a fine, which she paid, and she then assumed that the incident was resolved.

However, 10 weeks later, three police officers appeared at Jette's home and seized Thor. They said he had been ordered to be put to sleep because Thor had bitten the other dog and his behavior was deemed "unnatural".

Police spokesperson Thomas Kristensen told the Danish paper Elstra Bladet that they examined the facts of the case and that the vet had assessed that there were "several bite wounds and the injured dog received stitches several times".


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