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Pack of Dogs Kills Boy in Norway

Thursday, January 31, 2002; 2:12 PM

OSLO, Norway A pack of dogs attacked and killed a 7-year-old boy Thursday near his home in the southeastern Norway village of Dokka, police said.

Between two and four dogs had bitten the boy, who was found dead in a ditch by a passer-by, Deputy sheriff Hans Felde said.

"He was the nearest neighbor to a dog owner, and the dogs got loose," Felde said by telephone. He said the dogs were rounded up and will be killed.

The boy, whose name was not released, was a second-grader at the Torpa Elementary School in Dokka, about 110 miles north of the capital, Oslo.

Felde said he was not sure what breed the dogs were. News reports said they were large sled dogs.

A 6-year-old boy was killed by his family's sled dog in 1994, but Thursday's attack was believed to be the first in Norway involving a pack of dogs, according to the Norwegian Kennel Club.

A witness saw two dogs standing over the boy's body and two other dogs nearby, said police spokesman Oystein Huseboe. "Everything indicates that he was bitten to death," said Huseboe.

2002 The Associated Press


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