Police Officer Kidnaps Dog Sentenced to Death

A Facebook campaign launched to save the life of a dog sentenced to death took an interesting turn when police officer Lars Bo Lomholt went above and beyond the call of duty, kidnapping him from the kennel where he was being held, and rushing him away to a safehouse.

The Copenhagen Post originally reported that Thor had been kidnapped from his holding cell. At first, it was believed that the dog’s savior was impersonating a police offer as a means of disguise. Only later was it revealed that an actual animal loving member of the force had taken it upon himself to save the dog.

Anne Eklund shared the following translated version of the daring rescue on Facebook:

This Danish policeman, Lars Bo Lomholt, is A Real Man. Due to a quirk in Danish law, a new widow’s only solace, her dog, was about to be euthanized. The dog had bitten another dog, but passed the mental tests required with flying colours, and the elderly lady offered to do everything required to keep her dog. That should have been the end of the story.

The dog bitten had, however, developed an infection and that’s where the quirk in Danish law comes in. Proceedings halted and the widow’s dog was scheduled for euthanasia the next day.

Officer Lars Bo Lomholt thought that this was wrong. So wrong that he put his entire career on the line, turning up at the dog pound in his police uniform and having the doomed dog released to him that night. The dog, Thor, was taken to see a vet and then to an undisclosed location, where he is doing as well as can be expected, separated from his mummy, shortly after losing his daddy.

Officer Lars Bo Lumholt fully expects to be fired next week. A petition to save his job has been started at Care2. Thor remains safe at an undisclosed location.


  1. Anonymous says on  02/01/2013 at 11:10 pm


  2. No ya says on  02/02/2013 at 12:05 am

    As a solider your supposed to save lives right!well this man did what he was supposed to do Does it matter what creature it is human!dog!cat! ,turtle no it does not matter and if your not Smart enough to realize it dont be apart of the gov anything or judicial things this dogs life was saved! Why don’t people get it! Animals are like ppl

  3. Anonymous says on  02/02/2013 at 1:51 am

    Another Lennox…… Thank you kind sir for being human/humane in the midst of people, unknowing, and careless with the miricale of life.

  4. I would like to turn your attention to the international support group for this outstanding and brave man.


  5. Eilene says on  02/02/2013 at 4:16 am

    thanks to the officer for saving THOR, this officer is one special man in my book. I don’t think he should lose his job of rescuing THOR, I don’t call it kidnapping, THOR needs to be back with his owner as long as the owner can take care of him, or just keep him in the safe house so he won’t be put down, thanks again to the officer.

  6. Anonymous says on  02/02/2013 at 4:26 am

    This is ridiculious.

  7. MARIA SONIA ESTRADA SOLERO says on  02/02/2013 at 5:55 am


  8. Cheryl F says on  02/02/2013 at 11:11 am

    This may be the ONLY police officer worth beans on the entire force! Don’t you dare fire him!

  9. SSB Pack says on  02/02/2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is so maddening. Clearly everyone in this case sees the law, as currently written, as wrong. So, instead of recognizing this fact and quickly voting to change the law, everyone, except for Officer Lars Bo Lomholt, were going to proceed like robots, to administer the law? This is simply ridiculous. Laws that have no flexibility to evaluate each case as an individual and separate case are poorly written laws that are in fact dangerous laws. They must be written to address different circumstances that might and often do occur in each case and avoid a “one size fits all” mentality. This is the reason that BSL is so destructive and symptomatic of ignorant legislators.

    The other problem is that we as humans want to classify a dog bite as having a singly explainable cause each and every time when in fact only a few experienced dog behaviorists could really identify the root cause that initiates a dog bite which I would venture to say has as many behavioral causes as the number of dog bites that occur.

    We are forever and ignorantly punishing dogs for simply being dogs!

  10. Terry says on  02/02/2013 at 12:26 pm

    On the old Andy Griffith Show, which is still very popular around here, Barney the Deputy said something like “A good Sheriff goes not so much by the rules, as by the heart.” Bravo!!!

  11. Anonymous says on  02/02/2013 at 1:49 pm

    save thor.it is right for him to be with the widow.

  12. Absurdo, uma briga de cães, coisa que acontece,não tem que fazer eutanázia !

  13. Anonymous says on  02/02/2013 at 2:55 pm


  14. Anonymous says on  02/02/2013 at 3:33 pm

    I wish we had more people like him, maybe Lennox would still be alive.

  15. ANGIE MONKMAN says on  02/02/2013 at 3:44 pm

    This may not have been the right thing to do in some ways but morally this Police Officer did the right thing and should be commended for it not fired!!!!!

  16. Debra says on  02/02/2013 at 3:53 pm

    I can’t imagine that ANY human with morals would consider firing this man!
    He saved an innocent dog! Im saddened that he would possibly face any kind
    of punishment for simply being a caring person.

  17. kathy says on  02/02/2013 at 7:31 pm

    Are they crazy over there? I would do anything to save my dog.

  18. [email protected] says on  02/02/2013 at 9:05 pm

    thank you officer for hour heroic act.
    here in alice, texas america, i was the mayor of a small town several years ago, and my neighbors left their dying dog with me to go on vacation. knowing that he would not survive if , i gave him back, i told them their dog died. months later they found out he had survived. they stated a petition so that i, would have to resign my position as mayor. so, i did. they sued me and i, lost Panchito in court. i was placed on probation for 2 yrs. for hiding him and lying to the police. today, there is a book out on our sad story. the book called Sith Shtu Nation in on the market.
    i, can relate as to why you did what you did. Thor, does not deserve to die. he is a dog. and dogs bite. good luck to you. and god bless you.
    please know that here in america you have our support.

    • Jac (UK) says on  02/03/2013 at 3:59 pm

      You did what you knew to be the right thing, so sad that it should have cost you so much but we live in a world full of assholes who wouldn’t know right from wrong if it smacked them on the nose end. Hats off to you for following your heart. A lot of people could do with taking a leaf out of your book. You too are a hero

    • mariasobolewski says on  02/07/2013 at 9:35 am

      If there were more people like you in this world, it would be paradise. So sorry to hear your rescue did not have a happy ending, but you remain a hero for having heart and courage. I will buy your book in support.

  19. Duncan says on  02/03/2013 at 2:03 am

    Lars IS a hero and we Danes are proud of him but not of our stupid politicians.

  20. Koula says on  02/03/2013 at 6:25 am

    Well done to Lars. The police, frankly, do not deserve such a brilliant man, surely life has bigger better things in line for him. SO relieved that Thor has been saved. I hope the universe rewards Lars for his actions.

  21. Anonymous says on  02/03/2013 at 12:35 pm

    Save the Mans job and let him keep the dog what a bunch of Political ass holes.

  22. Anonymous says on  02/03/2013 at 12:55 pm

    Is there NO AID for this WIDOW’s son ?

  23. Jac (UK) says on  02/03/2013 at 3:55 pm

    This man should not lose his job for doing the right thing. He followed his heart and that makes him a good cop. First you were going to put a good dog down and now you are threatening to put a good cop down too. He should keep his job, he is a Hero

  24. mary says on  02/03/2013 at 7:17 pm

    thanks to that policeman ,there should be more like him,i think he a great man

  25. Anonymous says on  02/03/2013 at 8:44 pm

    he deserves a promotion


    • Kathie says on  02/05/2013 at 11:54 am

      Obama doesn’t have any control over what happens in Denmark.

      • Anonymous says on  02/05/2013 at 12:58 pm

        In the USA we have the Fourteenth Amendment and federal laws that say that enforcfemnt of an unjust law is unjust as well. Does Denmark have such a law? Can someone offer him a job elsewhere , a better job?

  27. Sheri says on  02/04/2013 at 3:19 pm

    thank you for doing the right thing and saving this dog! If you lose your job because of this, remember, you did the right thing and something bigger and better will be around the corner.

  28. TiffanyLace says on  02/04/2013 at 11:57 pm

    In so many circumstances the authorities jump to conclusion wheterh it be for humans or animals. They need to re-evaluate the situation and apply a total investigation as to why it happened. Protecting an owner comes first. that is why many elderly get dogs. Putting it down because of an infection is like saying he is not worthy to live because he is sick. Kidnapping, and foster care is for those who anser a call to serve and protect and aid and assist. That is the job of the law officer first of all. He did his job. Allow this man to continue to do his job to those who many times cannot speak for themselves. His mommy needs him as much as he needs her. Her loss is great enough. Thank you for listening. Rev TiffanyLace.

  29. TiffanyLace says on  02/05/2013 at 12:02 am

    I am sorry, for the last post looking as if I am uneducated I am having keyboard issues, am tired and some keys stick. (kidnapping and foster care are), (jump to conclusion whether),(That is why),(answer a call) and(his job for those)

  30. Anonymous says on  02/05/2013 at 4:14 am

    Don’t blame the dog. If he bit another dog, there was probably a good reason. Would a human be put to death for such an action? Giive him another chance with an owner who will care for him and make sure that nothing of this sort will happen again.

  31. Pat Wheeldon says on  02/05/2013 at 4:25 am

    Congratulations to a caring police officer … we need more like him … the Danish police force should be proud that he cares enough to save the life of an animal and the dog’s human owner must be so grateful… the eyes of the world are watching the Danish police force…. leave the officer along, he has done the right thing. Be proud that he took a stand against injustice.

  32. Patricia Lowe says on  02/05/2013 at 7:04 am

    I have signed the petition and I truly hope that the Government/Police force take notice. It must be hard for the owner of the other dog but to have just lost your husband and then have your companion ripped away from you is horrendous.
    Please don’t kill the dog, please.
    The police officer may have broken the rules and maybe even misused his position but why can’t common sense and compassion, for the dog, the owner and the policeman be shown?
    I remember how much comfort my cat gave me when my husband died. At least I had to get out of bed for another creature. Looking after a dog is even harder and must be an even greater comfort.
    Please, please, please don’t kill the dog and please don’t sack the policeman.

  33. Even if the Officer in question broke a rule, Justice should be tempered with Mercy.

  34. Anonymous says on  02/05/2013 at 10:58 am

    Good luck, Lars. You’re a hero to dog lovers everywhere. I don’t want to see anyone lose a job, but I have a feeling life has something better for you than working for a police department that would consider firing you.

  35. Antoinette Isabella says on  02/05/2013 at 12:24 pm

    In this world of today where at every corner of the world there is nothing but killing, fighting and turmoil. Isn’t it refreshing to come across a situation where saving a life is the goal. I think this man has the heart which encourages “saving Life” and if there were more people like him – I believe we would have less torment, torture and injustice toward each other and our fellow creatures who inhabit this earth; can we ever conceive of a “peaceful” planet – hard to imagine, but it can be done. Bless you Lars.

  36. Anonymous says on  02/05/2013 at 3:21 pm

    This police officer has a compassionate heart that led him to saving the poor dog.
    Firing him for this brave act of kindness is wrong!

  37. Anonymous says on  02/05/2013 at 8:34 pm

    Please….this is what persons of all nations WANT in their police officers….this officer’s actions were of the highest order…..please don’t relieve him of his position. And, if you do, I hope he comes to America to my town…..we’d take him in a heartbeat!

  38. Constance says on  02/05/2013 at 9:41 pm

    While the officer was morally justified and what he did was right, it was not legal. He knew this going in and chose to make that sacrifice. That’s what people of good conscience do–they take action and are willing to suffer the consequences. While I would not fire him if it were my decision, the police may be bound by their mission to do so. They are law enforcement; while it may be an absurd case, if this officer received no consequences for what was, strictly speaking, a violation of the law he is meant to uphold, then the police are hypocrites.

    That said, there is a place for compassion (everywhere). Strict adherence to the letter of the law strips us of our humanity and takes personal and moral responsibility out of our hands. At the very least, a stay of execution should have been granted so a genuine discussion of the dog’s situation could take place, not just reading from the rule book. The other dog’s infection may well have been from poor care of the wound, in which case holding Thor responsible seems unfair. All of this punishes the dog, who cannot appreciate human laws, and his human companion, who has already suffered tremendous loss. Executing Thor does not seem to serve the public good here. It seems only to cause more suffering.

  39. maryann laukaitis says on  02/06/2013 at 9:05 am

    This man is a big hero.And the man firing him is a fool and should be working on the chain gang in a prison.save the animals get rid of people like the guy who wants to fire some one for saving animals.

  40. Mary says on  02/06/2013 at 9:06 am

    The negative people in this story need 2 find somewhere else 2 send their negative energy. Dog Lovers will all agree, Dogs do have emotional relationships with their owners. This particular dog’s “Dad” died. His is clearly & justifiably upset. Dogs do bite, just as people curse or fight, when upset. He bite another dog, it happens. It did not mention that he viciously attacked the dog, just that he bit him. Does that deserve death? Come on, people, let’s B civilized adults here, return the dog to his “Mom” & find something else 2 rant about. Perhaps the “Mom” could pay the “victim dog’s” vet bill, as I’m confident that she is very sorry 4 the “grieving behavior” demonstrated by her Beloved dog. Have a Good Day, moving on . . .

  41. Anna says on  02/06/2013 at 9:56 am

    I read that Denmark is the happiest place on earth. REALLY?! When your animal companion can be taken from you and imprisoned and murdered?? What I want to know is why the Police force of that country showed CONTEMPT OF COURT in scheduling the dog’s death so conveniently before the appointed court date! This officer showed courage and compassion with no possibility of personal gain. On the contrary he stand to lose his job. I only wish that there were more officers like him. The world would be a better place!

  42. Jeanne Wasielewski says on  02/06/2013 at 11:23 am

    It is obvious from the comments that most of us support returning the dog to its owner. Going by the letter of the law, yes, technically Officer Lomholt was wrong to do what he did; HOWEVER, it is also obvious that everyone feels that his actions were indeed moral, humane, and correct. HE SHOULD NOT LOSE HIS JOB. If I were looking to hire a great employee, I would hire him in a heartbeat.

  43. Nela Feijoo says on  02/06/2013 at 12:49 pm

    Why do I keep seeing this happening!?
    First the deer savers in the us and now this… What is going on in the world??
    Dont punish people for doing the right thing… For having a heart and be conscious… Punish the murderers and thieves, corrupt politicians and rapist… This is the last straw for human kind…

  44. Anonymous says on  02/06/2013 at 1:24 pm

    Leave this honourable man alone. Let him keep his job because he has done nothing wrong that he should lose it. Are the Danish Police such idiots?

  45. Kimberly Williams says on  02/06/2013 at 2:27 pm

    No one should be punished for helping GOD’S helpless! Does no one read the bible anymore?!

    God will deal with all those who abuse and mistreat his innocent lives, that are helpless and defenseless.

    Animals are so special, we should ALL love them and help them not kill them and make them suffer!

  46. MARY says on  02/06/2013 at 4:02 pm

    Whoever sentenced this dog to Death,should be Ashamed.Thor,has past all his Tests,and also his owner is willing to abide by certain Rules ,to care for him.(Lars is a good and honest Policeman,and in this World he is needed…)

    He has a sense of Duty,and a Heart…Do not take his job away—He has saved a beloved dogs Life.
    There was the risk he would lose his job,and he took that risk to save an animal..A Good man,and a Good Policeman;He openly saved this dog,he did not hide..
    The way animals are treated in this world,is in many cases,with disregard to their Pain,or the right to be a Living Creature.
    The dog needs his owner,and the Lars,is needed in the Police-Force..
    He is is a Good Policeman and deserves to keep his job…..He saved a dog,and would save a,Human if he has too..HE IS NEEDED IN THE POLICE FORCE.

  47. Anonymous says on  02/07/2013 at 12:44 am

    it’s not kidnapping, he just saving the life of his buddy….this is a TRUE HERO saving lives with another kind :)

  48. Deepak says on  02/07/2013 at 9:11 am

    Where is the ‘high quality of life in Scandinavia’ ? That’s my question. You fire a policeman for having compassion for a grieving fellow human who loves a dog and is willing to do what is right. The policeman and the dog aren’t the ones to be stripped of powers, its the powers that be that should be………..
    This ain’t justice, Denmark !

  49. Deepak says on  02/07/2013 at 9:29 am

    Lent is coming, I don’t know if you folks are Catholics in Denmark but I would ask you to practise compassion towards your people and I’m Indian and in India ! is that too much to ask ? and I’m Hindu and not Christian but I know what Christian values are. I hope Jesus comes soon, the world is going mad with Hitler in the 40’s and you people in 2013, February 13th is Lent, go out on a limb here, i’m not sure if you people gave the world ABBA, the brilliant disco band, but I do know that you’ve got one conscientious policeman on your force, I really feel that you should let the dog be with his/her owner and the cop should get his job back. I’ve already written to the British RSPCA and they would love to have a Saxon on their force and will soon write to the Germans too. These aren’t threats, they are an outpouring of admiration for a man, a hero in these times when there is a dire need for one…………

  50. crystal fagan says on  02/07/2013 at 1:59 pm

    anyone who puts his job on the line to save an animal is a good person and should keep his job!!! it shows how trustworthy he is and i want someone like that on my side .

  51. Victor Kuo says on  02/07/2013 at 3:11 pm

    Please do not fire this officer.

  52. Tracey Harmer says on  02/08/2013 at 6:38 am


    You did the right thing and showed compassion in a world which can be very cruel and where miscarriages of justice regularly happen concerning animals.

    I hope you get another job offer from a more caring company.

    I also hope the lady owner keeps in contact with you too.

    You did the right thing, thank you.

  53. Tracy Newnham says on  02/08/2013 at 9:13 am

    Please use this link to sign a petition to save this man’s job, what he did was a true act of bravery and he deserves a medal for doing it yet he now faces the sack!!!! This is wrong, Please sign this petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/174/626/400/demand-justice-for-lars-bo-lomholt/

  54. lesley jones says on  02/08/2013 at 4:44 pm

    what a wonderfull man,for saving the dog its so easy for them to but a dog down we dont do it to humans so dont do it to a animal,i wish there were more like him ,if you sack him its a disgrace

  55. Has anyone heard an update to this story? Was Lars able to keep his job? Has Thor gotten to go home yet?

  56. Debby says on  02/13/2013 at 3:35 pm

    Please allow this brave hero police officer to keep his job!!

    Dogs do at times nip. Sometimes it is just dominance that only dogs understand.

    If one of your police officers hit another police officer, would you put him down?

    You don’t care much about this dogs life or you would not be putting him to death. At least in a safe house, he is safe, FROM YOU!!

  57. What a hero! So few people would risk their job to save a dog’s life. Truly inspirational. I hope the Internet can help him keep his job.

  58. Elaine Cristina Correia says on  02/21/2013 at 10:23 am

    Por favor, não o mandem embora…pois ele não fez nada de errado pelo contrário teve uma atitude nobre que todo o ser humano deveria tomar como lição….a caridade e a atenção pelo próximo é algo apreciado por Deus……pensem no ato insano que irão cometer…..ele salvou duas vidas da tristeza….

  59. Elsa says on  02/21/2013 at 1:36 pm

    Nao acredito q ainda existe paises , com essa mentalidad tao pobre, isso e pôdre

  60. Vanessa says on  02/21/2013 at 3:27 pm

    Que Deus o abençoe e que ele não seja demitido.

    Vanessa- São Paulo- Brasil

  61. Monica says on  02/22/2013 at 11:21 am

    Quando alguém tem a coragem de demostrar que se preocupa com o próximo, deveria ter sua atitude copiada e não punida.
    Parabéns ao policial Lars Bo Lomholt que teve essa coragem!!

  62. José Fróis says on  02/27/2013 at 5:43 am

    Um homem não deve ser condenado por um gesto que qualquer ser humano honesto e com coração E BEM HAJA

  63. Ana Antunes says on  02/28/2013 at 10:30 am

    Ainda bem que há gente de bom coração como o polícia Lars. Devia ser louvado e não punido pelo que fez

  64. Anonymous says on  03/07/2013 at 1:35 pm

    World needs more like these people, and mustn’t punish them for being fair.

  65. Dritan Caushi says on  04/29/2013 at 1:10 pm

    please, the law is to save lives, and not to remove it, he cop, has performed the task alone, has saved a life, it is not criminal, the world is being played with the lives of people, is better to receive this stuff more seriously than you becoming its authors destruction of life that a man, who did nothing else, except a life saved. Suspension of police work, is a very big mistake

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