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Thai man arrested after beating and killing dog for being “mangy”




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A 24 year old Thai man has been arrested in northeastern Thailand’s Udon Thani province, for beating and killing a dog because it appeared to be “mangy.” Watchdog Thailand, posted a graphic video clip on Facebook of the man assaulting the dog several times with a knife and pipe in front of its owner’s house.

Later that day, the dog’s owner went to the police station to file a complaint against the man, who was his nephew. The nephew’s mother went to the police station after hearing what had happened and phoned her son to come and surrender to police. Police arrested and charged him with animal abuse and damaging another person’s assets.

The dog’s owner said his nephew told the dog that he hated him before he killed him. The man’s mother said her son was recently jailed over taking and selling drugs. She says her nephew told her he wanted to kill the dog because it was mangy.

The alleged dog killer now is facing up to 2 years in prison, and a fine of up to 40,000 baht or both under Thailand’s Animal Welfare Act. Police also say they will test him for drug usage, as his history has indicated he may have been under the influence at the time of the killing.

For the owner’s part, not providing proper treatment and appropriate living for pets is illegal under the Animal Welfare Act. Anyone who fails to comply with the act can face penalties. While for the alleged dog killer, the act states that those who treat animals poorly, be it neglect or torture, will be reprimanded. However, being held responsible for animal cruelty is not common as Thailand has a large number of street, or “soi” in Thai, dogs that appear to have mange.

If you see acts of animal cruelty, you can call the local police at 191 or report it to the Tourist Police by calling their hotline at 1155. Thailand

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Sam C

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    I’m hoping the Police consider this lowlife scumbag to be mangy

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:11 am

    What constitutes an owner in Thailand?

    I see many dogs who are fed by a particular family, the dog(s) lives in the street or the land near houses in villages but they just feed them out of the goodness of their hearts?

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:16 am

    No, many traditional human cultures feed animals and other humans which they don’t actually like, nor enjoy, not out of goodness of hearts, but as a self-protection mechanism to “defang” so as to speak, to create a situation where they themselves are not the target of animosity, even if its humanosity. You can think of it as sort of a bribe, its not as if street dogs or street humans are pets or loved ones, its that they prefer to take the edge off hunger to keep the peace.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    A “pet owner”? Neutered and spayed aren’t even in the vocabulary here. What’s a rabies shot? Most have no clue what diseases these “pets” are carrying. This owner was no different but faces no charges.

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