Dogs in toddler attack will be put down: police

Two dogs involved in a vicious attack on a two-year-old boy in southern Norway this summer will be put down, the National Police Directorate has ruled.

Dogs in toddler attack will be put down: police
One of the dogs that attacked a two-year-old boy in Mandal (Photo: Espen Sand/Scanpix).

Angry at the decision, the 23-year-old owner of the dogs has already vowed to take legal action, newspaper Fædrelandsvennen reports.

The boy’s mother and uncle were also badly bitten after an escaped French Mastiff tried to drag the child from a playground into the nearby woods in Mandal on July 4th.

Witnesses to the horrific attack said the French Mastiff jumped over a fence in a nearby garden before rushing towards the toddler.

As the dog tried to haul the child away, the boy’s mother jumped on top of her son to protect him.

Police said the child suffered a deep open wound on his back, while the woman was left with a large gash on her arm.

The boy’s uncle, a 17-year-old named as Ferdi Fezullah, said he ran over to intervene after hearing his sister’s frantic cries.

Just then, two more dogs – both reported to be a cross between a Doberman and a Rottweiler –  escaped from the same garden. One of the new arrivals bit the teenager on the back, arm and knee.

“The man was treated at the emergency ward in Mandal, while the two others were admitted to Sørlandet Hospital with nasty bite wounds,” police spokeswoman Ingrid Mæhre told news agency NTB at the time.

The trio’s bloody ordeal ended when the owner of the two most aggressive dogs arrived at the scene and managed to pull the animals away.

The third dog belonged to his brother.

Police in the Agder district initially ruled that two of the animals should be put to sleep. But the owner appealed the move to the police directorate, which has now given its backing to the original decision.  

The 23-year-old, however, has the right to take the matter to court, and has already indicated that he intends to do so.

He is currently paying 12,000 kroner ($2,000) a month to have the dogs kept at a kennel in Mandal.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, are still considering whether to press charges against the dog owner.

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Escaped red panda to be home for Christmas

Adrian the red panda, who disappeared from Kristiansand's Animal Park recently, has been found safe and sound in a tree in a city suburb and will be home in time for Christmas.

Escaped red panda to be home for Christmas
A red panda similar Dyreparken's Adrian. Photo: Mathias Appel/Flickr

The arboreal mammal, who is slightly larger than a domestic cat, sparked a search when he escaped from Kristiansand's Dyrehaven last Thursday by climbing a tree near to the park's fence. Staff from the park have been out looking for the animal every day since.

Adrian was close to being recovered on Monday when a pedestrian reported spotting him cross the E18 highway in the vicinity of the park, according to a report by state broadcaster NRK.

However, despite a search being mobilized in the area, Adrian remained at large.

Then, on Tuesday night, a local veterinarian alerted the park to Adrian's having been spotted in the Lausen residential area, reports NRK.

This tip led Dyreparken staff to move their search to the neighborhood, where the furry red omnivore was eventually tracked down at the top of a tree.

It's great that he'll be home for Christmas,” zookeeper Helene Axelsen told NRK. “There's not an awful lot for pandas to eat in the Norwegian environment. The caller told us that he looked confused and was running around looking for food.

It's such a relief to get him home. Especially in good condition. He was really hungry and worn out, so it's good to see that he is [now] getting something to eat and is doing well given the circumstances,” Axelsen said.

The red panda weighs around five kilograms, making it much smaller than its black and white namesake. Its thick coat enables it to survive the Norwegian winter, on a usual diet of buds, insects and sometimes mice.

Adrian left a fellow red panda, Pandora, behind at Dyreparken during his five-day Kristiansand sojourn.