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Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: A Lampang man is being prosecuted for theft after stealing a neighbor’s dog, killing it, filleting it and eating it as a beer snack.

Sawat Ariyakhruea, 49, told police he stole and ate “Khero”, a Viking-breed dog belonging to Chamnian Srimuang, 45, because he “thought it was a stray”.

He said he used Khero to make nuea daet diao, a kind of local jerky usually munched on while drinking alcohol.

Mrs Chamnian, who lives in the village of Baan Srikam, said she loved Khero like her own child. She described her beloved dog, who was one year and five months old when he met his demise, as “clever” and “timid”.

She first realized something was wrong on May 5, when she noticed Khero had disappeared.

Days later, Khero had failed to reappear and Mrs Chamnian thought he had run off with the sand delivery man, who loved Khero very much.

But when she saw the sand man, he told her he hadn’t seen the dog.

At this point she became very worried and feared she would never see Khero again.

On May 8, a neighbor came to see Mrs Chamnian, telling her that Mr Sawat had caught a dog that looked very much like Khero and had tied it up at his home.

She went straight over to Mr Sawat’s house and confronted him. Mr Sawat denied ever seeing Khero.

However, Mrs Chamnian eventually got Mr Sawat to confess to killing Khero and hiding the body behind the house.

Mrs Chamnian went behind the house and was confronted with a grim scene: the head, skin and skeleton of her favorite dog.

She almost fainted.

She then asked Mr Sawat where the rest of Khero was. He told her he had hidden the flesh inside his house.

Shocked, she went home to try and come to terms with what she had just witnessed.

At first she decided that she would not make an issue of the incident, since Khero was already dead. But that night she could not sleep and when she got up the next day she went straight to the police to report Mr Sawat.

Police are charging with Mr Sawat with theft, to which he has already confessed.



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