Wolves attack resident’s dog in the middle of village

Three wolves attacked a dog in the village of Pürksi in Noarootsi on Saturday evening. The dog escaped with its life.

Pürksi center has a kindergarten, school, and the local bar on one side of the road and the village hall and two-story apartment buildings on the other. An illuminated paved road separates them. Wolves attacked two-year-old beagle Ruudi on a green strip next to the road - writes postimees.ee

The incident took place at around eight or quarter to nine on Saturday evening. People were starting to arrive at the pub to watch the finale of the “Eesti laul” song competition together. The dog was allowed to go outside as there is hardly any traffic in the village at that hour.

Ruudi headed straight for the road which is probably what saved him. Had he gone behind the house where it was dark, it is probable no one would have witnessed the attack. Now, people could see large creatures go after the beagle.

People rushed out of the pub, and the ensuing commotion caused the wolves to leave Ruudi alone. One of them continued down a path that led almost straight through the village. Ruudi wanted to go after one of the wolves.

“Luckily, we could see it from the window. Had it happened outside our field of view, things might have been far worse. I saw our dog standing on its hind legs, trying to fight back,” said Ülle Schönberg, mother of Ruudi’s owner. “One of the wolves was massive. Ruudi has bite wounds on both sides, back, and neck.”

An ambulance was called for Ruudi and the dog’s wounds sutured. The vet warned the dog’s owner there was a chance of infection. Ruudi was written a prescription for antibiotics. The dog did not eat or drink and was shaking on Monday which made it impossible to give him the drugs.

Ülle Schönberg had to drive to Haapsalu to pick up antibiotic shots. After a while, owners managed to feed Ruudi a pill with dogfood. Ruudi was quite chipper again by the time of Postimees’ visit.

The dog was weak and shaking but gave the visitors a good sniff-over nevertheless.

“The vet said that Ruudi was lucky in that he remained on his feet. Had the wolves gained access to his belly and entrails, it would probably have been impossible to save the animal. He is muscular on his back and neck, and they did not manage to do so much damage there,” said Ruudi’s owner Silver Schönberg.

When Ruudi was taken out for a spell, he became quite cheerful going about his dog business and meeting a few fellow canines. Then, Silver had to carry him back inside.

Ruudi’s owners were shown footage from local security cameras on Monday. “The footage reveals there were three wolves. The fight was not caught on camera, while the camera in front of the municipality hall shows two wolves leaving the village at a leisurely pace. One of them looks back. The third wolf likely passed between the library and a residence and headed for the neighboring village,” Silver Schönberg said.

Ruudi’s master was paid a less than encouraging visit by an environmental officer on Monday.

“The saddest part was when they said, “we don’t know whether this single attack is enough for an additional hunting permit”. It is quite ugly. I told them there is a kindergarten and school nearby,” he said.

Silver Schönberg added that the weekend was still a school holiday and there were fewer children than normally in Pürksi. However, there are still people out and about around 8 p.m., including children.

“The only thing they asked me was my email address, so they could send me a compensation form. But that sentence greatly disturbed me. Is life such that we need to find a backpack without a kid before something is done?” the dog owner asked.

Read more news of Tallinn on our site.

attackresident’sdog village
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
No rates yet
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and one of the owners of construction group Nordecon, Toomas Luman, finds that a prime ministerial candidate should first and foremost be able to answer the question of what will become of the demographic crisis in Estonia. The businessman sees controlled introduction of foreign labor as the solution. A digital construction cluster was created in Estonia a few years back to bring innovation to the s...
Last year saw 27,125 registered offenses, up 0.5 percent from the year before. Violent crime was up by 12 percent to 8,249 offenses. PHOTO: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire / Press Association Images / Scanpix Growth was biggest for domestic violence – the police launched criminal proceedings in 3,607 cases that constitutes an increase of more than one-third – annual growth of 37 percent from 2,632 cases in 2017. At the same time, reports of domestic violence we...
TALLINN - Ahead of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, tens of thousands of British citizens have chosen the citizenship of some other country, but only one Brit has recently chosen an Estonian citizenship. Spokespeople for the Ministry of the Interior told BNS that only one British citizen submitted an application for Estonian citizenship last year and the applicant was also granted the citizenship. Before that, no Brits had soug...
TALLINN - Experts from Finland, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands highlighted the importance of decentralization and granting local governments greater decision-making powers at a conference titled "Strong local government -- strong state?" in Tallinn on Wednesday.  All Nordic countries have chosen a model granting local governments significant decision-making powers, thus the central government does not prescribe how local governments are to fulfill the...
The language learning application Drops by game developer Planb Labs, established in Estonia by Hungarian founders, was named Google Play's best app of 2018. With the number of downloads surpassing 10 million, Drops was named Google's app of the year as the revenue of Planb Labs, a company registered in Estonia, increased fivefold, CNBC said. The developer's revenue grew from €335,000 in 2017 to €1.7 million in 2018. The company's shareholders include Hung...
TALLINN - The Estonian Health Board has banned the distribution of chlorine dioxide, also marketed as the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), the A-component of an unused product, meaning the sodium chlorite solution, must be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility. Ester Opik, head of the Health Board's North regional department, said that the banning of the distribution of the product was caused by the fact that MMS, distributed as a cosmetics produ...
Nature cannot abide a vacancy, as the saying goes. If just one year ago, Estonia was battling the sale of MMS and the practice of giving it to children, a new “miracle cure” called Advanced TRS has appeared on the market now. Even though the make-up of the substance is different, the promise to cure autism and cleanse the body of heavy metals, which kind of extreme detox is accompanied by severe side-effects, sounds all too familiar. TRS is recommended to...
Allied NATO battalions will soon mark two years serving in the Baltics. They have worked better than expected but would need prepositioned heavy weaponry and a functional contingency plan in case of a crisis, a report by the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) finds. “We do not know how Russia would have acted had we not welcomed allies in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2017. I’m afraid they would have tested our resolve,” one of...
The time of filing income tax returns is nearly upon us. The new income tax system, in effect since last year, will obligate many women who went on maternity leave toward the end of the year to make additional income tax payments, while those who give birth in the middle or at the beginning of the year have no such obligation. What this means is that some women will owe the state simply for giving birth “at the wrong time”. Laura Roop, who went on maternit...