Shock and anger over increasing cases of animal cruelty in Thailand

Shock and anger over increasing cases of animal cruelty in Thailand

Four dogs were found dead at Muang Chon Buri Police Station in Chon Buri province yesterday, and the most heartbreaking sight was of fellow stray "Chao Sing" trying to wake up one of his poisoned friends.

"We suspect that some teenage illegal road racers might have poisoned these dogs in the hope of stealing their confiscated motorcycles," Pol Senior Sgt-Major Manoon Songraksa said.

According to him, these dogs had been living in the compound of the police station and usually slept near the confiscated bikes.

Kanya Hongsachart, a 50-year-old local woman, tearfully recounted that these strays had never bitten anybody and that she had been feeding them for years now.

"They would only bark at loud motorcycles," she recounted.

Lt-Colonel Komsorn Mabamrung, the police station's deputy superintendent, said dogs were often poisoned before thefts and burglaries.

"This is not a good sign," he said, adding that police would check CCTV recordings in a bid to nail down the culprits.

Torturing or killing an animal without a sound reason is punishable by a maximum fine of Bt1,000.

In Tak province, Tossaporn Pakasinay is planning to put some strays in his neighbourhood under the care of a local animal shelter after finding them poisoned again.

"They were having convulsions, so I quickly fed them egg whites and medicines [from a vet]," he said, citing the most recent poisoning incident on Tuesday night.

Tossaporn said this was the third time that these dogs had been poisoned, so he has decided to call an animal shelter for help.

In Bangkok, Aranya Surabutr lodged a police complaint after she woke up to find her Pomeranian cruelly attacked early last week.

On the morning of August 19, Aranya found her dog in a pool of toilet cleaner and blood in the garage area of her house.

Closer examination found that little Jacob had been cut in the legs and exposed to harmful toilet cleaner.

The dog is still receiving treatment and faces the risk of amputation.

"I don't have any conflicts, so I don't know who would want to attack it," Aranya said.

The story of Jacob's sad fate has spread like wildfire on social media, prompting an outpouring of sympathy.

Several high-profile figures, including socialite Chanya Tanada, have stepped in to help.

Chanya recently asked Aranya to provide more information on the case, but Aranya responded with a post on Facebook yesterday, saying it was not very convenient for her to answer all queries as she has been inundated with calls about Jacob over the past few days.

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