Lars Bo Lomholt was sentenced in Danish court for rescuing Thor. Photo: Scanpix
Lars Bo Lomholt, a Danish police officer charged with kidnapping a German Shepherd from a kennel in order to save the dog's life, has been sentenced in court.
A judge in Helsingør has sentenced Lars to a 60-day suspended sentence and two-year probation for abusing his position of authority. Lars was also ordered to pay the costs incurred in the case.
The incident gained international attention last January, when Lars impersonated an on-duty officer and snuck the dog named Thor from a kennel. The 7-year-old dog was scheduled to be euthanised the next day for having bit a smaller dog.
Thor had been out walking with his owner when he was scared by a smaller dog, who jumped out behind them. He turned and bit the smaller dog. Although both owners acknowledged it was an accident, and Thor's owner paid the resulting fine, authorities later seized Thor and ordered him put to sleep.
Lars had served as a police officer for 20 years but disagreed with the authorities' decision to euthanize Thor. Lars, with assistance from fellow dog lovers, took Thor to an undisclosed hiding spot, later revealed to be somewhere in Sweden.
Lars appealed his sentencing in court and said he acted to save Thor on moral grounds, according to the Copenhagen Post.
"I have always had a soft spot for the weak and I have a strong sense of justice," he said. "I have been happy to help people who felt that they have been unjustly treated. That dog control law is twisted and I did this to raise awareness about the issue."
A Danish petition in support of Lars garnered over 140,000 signatures. Although his career is likely finished, Lars told MetroXpress newspaper that he has no regrets.
"I will never regret that. I believe that I have helped promote the debate about dog control laws to a level that it should have been long ago,” he said.
Thor remains in a safe location in Sweden. Lars said he has seen Thor a few times since freeing him, most recently in April. Lars said, "From what I can see, Thor is doing really well."
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