Attack dogs injure 81-year-old Danish woman

An 81-year-old woman was injured and her dog killed after they were set upon by attack dogs when out walking in Grenaa, eastern Jutland last week.

Attack dogs injure 81-year-old Danish woman
Unrelated file photo. The breed of the dogs involved in the attack is currently unknown. Photo: oscity/Depositphotos

The woman was walking her dog on a path in the town, 50 kilometres northeast of Aarhus, on Friday, when they were attacked by two other dogs.

She reportedly attempted to protect herself and her pet, but fell forwards and suffered several bites before fleeing to her house.

“She received several bites and bruises when she fell. She received treatment at hospital but was discharged shortly afterwards,” East Jultand Police press spokesperson Jacob Christiansen told Ritzau.

The woman’s dog was so seriously injured by bites from the other dogs that it had to be euthanized.

Police officers called on the 24-year-old owner of the two attack dogs after the incident, but he had ensured the animals were not at his home. As of Monday, police had been unable to locate the dogs.

The man was charged on Monday for not keeping his dogs under control. He may face further charges pending investigation.

“He has been charged in the first instance for not keeping his dogs under control. They ran about freely and were aggressive. Furthermore, we will find out which breed the dogs are. They may be illegal,” Christiansen said.

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Overweight people more likely to have overweight dogs, Danish study finds

Overweight people are more likely to have overweight dogs, partly because they are more likely to feed them treats, Danish researchers said on Wednesday.

Overweight people more likely to have overweight dogs, Danish study finds
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The study by the University of Copenhagen lends credence to the saying “like owner, like dog”, the scientists wrote in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

“The prevalence of heavy or obese dogs is more than twice as large among overweight or obese owners (35 percent) than among owners who are slim or of a normal weight (14 percent),” the researchers said.

Of the 268 dogs studied, 20 percent were overweight.

Average-weight owners tend to use treats for training purposes while overweight owners prefer to provide treats in convivial situations, “for example, when a person is relaxing on the couch and shares the last bites of a sandwich or a cookie with their dog,” the study's main author, Charlotte Bjørnvad, said.

In developed countries, 34 to 59 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, which can reduce their life expectancy and mobility or cause diabetes and cardiac disease just like in humans, another international team of researchers found in 2016.

On average, overweight dogs live 1.3 years less than dogs on restrictive diets.

The University of Copenhagen study also showed that castration tripled the risk of being heavy or obese.

“Castration seems to decrease the ability to regulate the appetite in male dogs and at the same time, it might also decrease the incentive to exercise which results in an increased risk of becoming overweight,” Bjørnvad said.

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