Just a few days ago Bob the dog was sentenced to death here in Norway because he acted like a dog. Bob was being watched by a friend of his owner and was tied outside a restaurant. Bob was stressed by the situation and two police officers noticed this and decided to talk to the person watching him. While they were talking to the “guardian”, Bob jumped up on a passing by woman and scratched her a little.
This was enough for the police officers to report Bob and request that he be euthanatised (the woman didn’t even report him). His owner was of course extremely upset because Bob is a friendly 10 year old dog who was just put in a very unfortunate situation.
The owner has done everything in his power to save Bob. The case has been to trial twice and both times Bob has lost, even though he has been tested by behaviour experts and they say that he is a friendly dog with no aggressive traits... and that’s even after Bob has had to spend the last 2 years in a shelter!
This ruling is awful because it means that no dogs in Norway are safe! Arnold loves saying hello to people and will jump on them to try to lick their faces if I let him. Now though, I don’t dare let him say hello to anyone, and especially not children. What if he accidentally scratched one and their parents reported us?
Dogs have no rights if this ruling stands. Bob should not have been put in this situation in the first place, but everyone makes mistakes... and I for one do not thing he should have to die because of it.
Arnold is just like Bob, and that’s why I will be using the hashtag #JegErBob (#IAmBob) to show that I think the laws in Norway need to be changed. Dogs deserve to be able to act like dogs without risking their lives. Owners need to be able to take their dogs for a walk without being afraid that if a jogger catches them by surprise, their dog could potentially be killed for reacting in the wrong way just once.
Feel free to support the cause by using the hashtag and signing the petition:
#jegerbob #animalrights #dyrsrettigheter #mylifeisimportanttoo