Authorities ease dog disease restrictions

Norway’s animal and food safety authority (Mattilsynet) no longer thinks contact among dogs should be restricted. An outbreak of a mysterious virus that sickened and killed scores of dogs in Norway in recent weeks seems to be over, nor was it deemed to be contagious. “After new analysis and lots of testing we have altered […]

More dogs fall ill with mysterious ailment

State authorities reported that at least 16 more dogs have fallen ill in recent days, eight between Friday and Tuesday of this week, with bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Some viruses have been ruled out but veterinarians still don’t know what’s causing the illness. The latest cases of the illness were reported in Oslo, Akershus, Telemark […]

Dog disease ‘probably not contagious’

UPDATED: Norwegian food and animal authorities reported five new documented cases on Wednesday of the mysterious illness that has killed 26 dogs so far. State veterinarians now don’t think the acute illness is contagious among dogs, however, and Norway’s hunting season that involves lots of dogs was launched as usual. All the new cases involved […]

More autopsies due as more dogs die

Norwegian veterinarians kept struggling over the weekend to find out why so many dogs around Norway have been infected with a potentially fatal illness. Authorities said at least 23 dogs had died as of Sunday and “we must examine more to find out how this (the illness) has spread.” Dr Jorun Jarp of the state […]

Fatal dog illness keeps spreading

Norwegian veterinary authorities fear a mysterious and potentially fatal dog illness is spreading quickly around the country. Several hundred dogs are believed to have been infected, and some died before their owners could them to a vet. Cases of dogs suddenly suffering bloody diarrhea and vomiting blood first started being registered in the Oslo area. […]

Dogs threatened by mysterious ailment

Several dogs in the Oslo area have recently been suffering sudden and fatal illnesses after a routine walk in a park. Veterinarians and state officials are sounding alarms, while upcoming events involving dogs are being cancelled. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Thursday that dog owners were being warned against walking their dogs in parks in and around […]

Minister scolds animal rights activists

Norway’s agriculture minister claims the country’s meat industry has no reason to be ashamed and that rising criticism of it can be taken out of perspective. Her comments came after a group of animal rights activists chained themselves last week to the gate of a slaughterhouse in Eidsvoll. Around 50 activists had turned up demanding […]

State prosecutor orders probe of abusive farmers

Norway’s top state prosecuting agency (Riksadvokaten) has ordered a preliminary probe into whether farmers raising pigs for the pork industry have  knowingly violated the country’s animal welfare laws. The probe comes after an NRK documentary that used hidden cameras to record conditions at more than a dozen farms in Norway. The documentary aired in June shocked […]

Farmer shoots wolf, police investigate

A police investigation is underway in Hedmark, the southeastern Norwegian county where farmers feel most threatened by wolves, after a local sheep rancher shot a wolf three times with a rifle early Tuesday morning. He claims he found the wolf in an area where his sheep were grazing, but police haven’t found any injured or […]

Meat co-op hit by consumer warning

Norway’s consumer protection authority has warned the country’s largest meat and poultry producer and market regulator, Nortura, that it appears to have violated marketing laws. It doesn’t believe Nortura can or should claim in its advertising that its meat comes only from pigs who’ve been well-treated.  “We doubt that Gilde (the meat division of Nortura) […]