Goat carcasses spark disease outbreak concerns in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Photo: Sanook

Five goat carcasses were found discarded on the roadside in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, raising fears of a disease outbreak. Residents alerted the animal health officials to investigate the situation.

Yesterday, a resident, rummaging for old items, discovered several goat carcasses dumped in a roadside ditch along the Pranburi-Cha-Am bypass at kilometre marker 43-600, northbound near a vehicle turnaround and rest area in Wang Phong, Pranburi District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Consequently, animal health officials were informed to inspect the site.

Upon inspection of the three-metre deep roadside ditch, five male goat carcasses, aged between two and three years, were found dumped together in the grass. Despite no visible injuries, the swollen abdomens suggested they had been dead for about five to six hours.

Surrounding grass tracks and leftover straw indicated the likelihood of a fully loaded goat transport vehicle where the goats possibly suffocated due to overcrowding. The vehicle owner may have discarded the dead goats and continued the journey.

Khemika Thapanakulphong, an official from the Pranburi Animal Health Department, stated after receiving the report, they found the goats likely died from overcrowding and suffocation during transportation. However, it was impossible to confirm as the bodies lacked any identification marks or ear tags.

It was estimated that they died the night before. The cause of death was assumed to be from overcrowding in the transport vehicle, and the bodies were left behind to avoid time-consuming inspections at checkpoints to determine the cause of death. The goat carcasses will be buried to prevent the spread of any disease pathogens, reported Sanook.

In the Panthong district of Chon Buri, Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development uncovered an illicit shipment of animal carcasses. Over 1,200 kilograms of questionable products have been seized and subjected to formalin contamination tests.

The authorities found 39 boxes, weighing 500 kilograms in total, containing frozen intestines suspected to be imported from Germany. Read more HERE.

Thailand News

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Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organisations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in the UK, Singapore, and across Thailand. She now covers general stories related to Thailand.

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