The Hope Thailand takes on killer Pit Bull


Animal protection organisation The Hope Thailand revealed it is rehabilitating Bobby the Pit Bull, the dog who killed his owner Thedpong one week ago in Korat.

The Hope Thailand posted a message on Facebook yesterday…

“The Hope Thailand is taking on this case. We have coordinated with the Chief of Ban Talat Municipality as the dog is currently in the municipality’s care.

“The dog’s name is Bobby. He is seven to eight years old and is not neutered.

“The cause of this incident is because Bobby smelt a foreign smell from his owner’s mother who recently returned from another country. Bobby bit her and the owner stepped in and battled with the dog leading to his death.

“Tomorrow, volunteers in the area will bring the dog to Ban Saen Rak (animal shelter) in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Mueang district for behavioural and mental rehabilitation as well as a medical examination.

“After killing his owner, Bobby is depressed and hasn’t eaten in five days.

“On Saturday or Sunday, I will build a kennel where Bobby will live for the rest of his life. Volunteers who love animals and have an understanding of this species will take close care of Bobby and examine his progress.

“When Bobby is in good health we will neuter him and fully vaccinate him.

“We would like to express our condolences to the victims in this case.

“This is a cautionary tale for anyone thinking of raising a Pit Bull, which requires sufficient readiness and understanding.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Pit Bull owner killed trying to save mother in savage attack

A former jockey from Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeast Thailand was killed by his pet Pit Bull while trying to save his mother who was attacked by the animal.

Today, a funeral was held for 47 year old Thedpong [surname reserved] at Thung Sawang Temple in Mueang district.

On Friday, Thedpong’s eight year old Pit Bull “Bobby” attacked Thedpong’s 68 year old mother Duangsaree [surname reserved].

Bobby tried to launch and bite Duangsaree’s throat, so her instinct was to give the dog her forearm to bite instead.

Then, Bobby bit her left thigh and slammed her against the fence. She suffered serious wounds and bled heavily.

Thedpong ran over and pried Bobby’s jaws off his mother, who was immediately taken to the hospital by Thedphong’s 51 year old friend Mana, who helps look after Bobby.

Then, Bobby dragged Thedpong into his cage. The dog savagely bit Thedpong until “his intestines spilt out.”

Thedphong’s girlfriend and niece ran into the cage and managed to get Thedpong out. They took Thedpong to the hospital where he died from blood loss.

Mana said that Thedpong was a big man weighing 95 kilograms but was still no match for Bobby’s strength.

The Pit Bull is now locked in the cage and the family doesn’t know what to do with him.

This was the first time in his whole life that he has ever been violent, the family added.

Mana said that Thedpong’s mother only visits once or twice a year so he possibly didn’t like a “foreign smell” in his territory.

While Duangsaree was being treated in the hospital, she learned that her son was attacked and killed.

She said that her son saved her life as without her son’s help she definitely wouldn’t have survived the attack.

Three weeks ago, four Pit Bull mixed breed dogs attacked 76 year old “Grandma Yoon” in Nakhon Phanom province leaving her seriously injured and in need of hospital treatment.

Luckily, neighbours stepped in with baseball bats and chased the dogs away before the attack turned fatal.

Thailand News


Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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