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Things went from bad to worse to even worse in the story The Thaiger has been following of the man attacked by his pit bull outside Pattaya last week. After being rescued from the attack, the man died the next day from neck bites and loss of blood. Now his widow is lashing out at the wave of online attacks levied against the family and their treatment of the pit bull, threatening legal action using Thailand’s strict computer crime and defamation laws.

After the story broke about the vicious pit bull attack, many people commented online, both with sympathy for the family’s loss and with harsh criticism questioning if the dog’s attack was a result of abuse or mistreatment. The story told to authorities and press was that the man and his dog Giant were sleeping at dawn when the pit bull woke and attacked suddenly, according to the man’s son who witnessed the attack. It took 30 minutes to subdue the dog who later was still aggressive and had to be drugged and removed by the Chon Buri Pit Bull Club.

The man’s funeral is ongoing now at Banglamung Temple for 5 days, after which he will be cremated in a ceremony on April 22. The family is in mourning, and his wife has made angry statements about online reaction with people making comments without knowledge and levying strong accusations about a man and dog she says was loved by the community.

“These people making false claims online – they were not at the incident, they have no inside knowledge. They did not know what happened. My husband loved the dog very much. He loved it more than me. Many people around my husband also loved him and Giant.”

Thailand has very strong laws against libel, slander and defamation and posting online falls under the computer crimes act, carrying a punishment of up to 7 years in prison. If the widow does take legal action against people commenting online suggesting the pit bull was the victim of animal abuse or mistreatment without evidence of firsthand knowledge, the commenters could face a lengthy prison sentence.

Last year a hotel infamously prosecuted a reviewer on TripAdvisor on these same laws.

The Chon Buri Pit Bull Club took custody of the pit bull after the attack and has found a new home for Giant already in Nakhon Sawan in central Thailand. The pit bull will move to another province to an expert who works to train troubled animals, specifically pit bulls. The dog was examined by Chon Buri Pit Bull Club and was found to have no evidence of any physical abuse at all.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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29 Comments

29 Comments

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    Steve369.

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Pit bull terriers are a ticking time bomb, even when given the best of care.

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    John Landy

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    “Thailand has very strong laws against libel, slander and defamation and posting online falls under the computer crimes act, carrying a punishment of up to 7 years in prison”

    The people who posted menacing posts against “shit tourists” in Phuket at year ago should be prosecuted.

    Not allow to post links with the new rules, so here’s an abstract:

    Facebook page advocates violence against ‘shit tourists’ in Phuket
    Thaiger

    Thaiger

    Published 1 year ago on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    ” Following up from yesterday’s report there has been no action taken to remove a Facebook page advocating violence against “shit tourists” stranded in Phuket. ‘Spotlight Thailand’, usually a ‘whistleblower’ for local corruption and fuelled by the admin’s political views, has nearly 600,000 followers.

    Now this week’s posts are going viral, spreading a disturbing message from local Phuket ‘vigilantes’, commenting about the original post, that is likely do irreparable harm to the holiday island’s reputation as a safe place to visit in the future. The posts advocate violence against tourists, the ones still stuck on the island, who have been venturing out during curfews or not wearing face masks, and asks followers to take matters into their hands. The thrust of the campaign is that the tourists are ‘partying’ whilst the local Thais suffer.

    The posts, perhaps intended as a bad joke, incites local Thais, disgruntled with losing their jobs and being cooped up during curfew hours, to take matters into their own hands and use a slingshot and rocks to ‘pick off’ tourists if seen outdoors.

    The disturbing posts, shared and liked thousands of times, started on Monday. The Facebook page posted photos of ‘farang’ tourists driving around or visiting Phuket locations in a ‘shame file’, and calling the page’s followers to shoot them with slingshots.

    Followers responded with photos, armed and ready with their own slingshots. There was also, mostly, overwhelming support in the comments under the posts, for the direct citizen action. There were also many detractors of the posts, deriding the author’s and their vivid images of people with slingshots.

    The general theme of the comments is that ‘white’ or ‘farang’ tourists are responsible for bringing the Covid-19 scourge to Thailand and, therefore, responsible for the economic pain and hardships they are enduring.

    This makes me pity myself and my eight employees. We’ve been indoors since March 18, none of us going outside except to get supplies for the 9 of us at Makro. We run a massage shop at Patong, Meanwhile the tourists are having fun.”

    Complaints have been made about the page’s posts to local consulates, the Phuket Governor, and copies of the posts sent to police and government officials in Bangkok. The Thaiger has received hundreds of messages from concerned local expats and worried tourists who have ended up stranded on the island.

    One local hotelier called The Thaiger and said that the few tourists they have left at their resort (who were resident before the order to close Phuket’s hotels) said they were “very worried” and were astonished that the locals would want to fire rocks at them.

    A consular official contacted us and confirmed they had made representations to Phuket’s Governor about the posts.

    The localised outrage and suspicion against ‘farang’ (caucasian westerners) comes weeks after Thailand’s Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, was captured on video threatening to kick out “damn farangs” for not wearing facemasks (when offered to them at a PR event at the Siam BTS station in Bangkok).

    He later described Western tourists as “dirty”, asserting that they “never showered” on Twitter. The tweets were deleted but not before they had been shared thousands of times and reported in media around the world.

    Thailand, like every other country at the moment, is on ‘pause’ as it battles the Covid-19 gremlins but, at some stage, will re-open and want to welcome back tourists. Tourism accounts for up to 17% of Thailand’s GDP. In places like Pattaya and Phuket, it’s almost the sole driver of the local economies.

    These posts, and the simmering anti-foreigner tone, calling on public outbursts of vigilantism, whether intended as a joke or not, will do little to help attract the tourists back to places like Phuket that survive on tourist patronage, and their dollars.

    The Thaiger has reached out to the person behind the posts (we’ve interviewed him in the past) but have not yet had a response to our requests for comment.

    The Thaiger has added the link… https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/crime/facebook-page-advocates-violence-against-shit-tourists-in-phuket)

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    Raul Torres

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Lucky dog…no matter issues and or history a dog who kill a human been in my country it will be putting down. Pitbul reaction are wild, the most dangerous breed.

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    Frank

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Pitbulls a creation made by humans, and humans destroy everything, pitbull is not to blame the human is that created this not natural species

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    Craig

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Here, dogs and all other creatures are valued equal to humans, it seems. The new home for this “pet” is probably at a Wat near you.

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    Barry Betts

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Sue me sue me I’ve got nothing left my bank is empty thanks to my Thai ex girlfriend who took me for a ride!!! My ex took 2 houses off me and emptied my bank account so all the best if you get anything off me.

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    Matt

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    When will people learn? These dogs do not need to be mistreated in order for them to attack – this is a myth. They were bred fro the sole purpose of bull-baiting – hence why they are called bull terriers.

    No one is surprised when a labrador retrieves a ball or when a beagle picks up a scent and wanders off. Dogs are genetically hard-wired to perform the jobs they were bred for. It’s high time dog owners admitted this fact and learn to deal with attacks from dogs that were bred for fighting.

    In the United Kingdom, pit-bull terriers are illegal yet they are still bred and owned – and they are responsible for nearly all attacks – fatal or otherwise.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    But it is all in the Thais’ favour.
    They can prosecute, but can a Thai or foreigners prosecute the authorities for lies, slander, scams, or false arrest.
    They could, but the court proceedings will take years, and the prospect of success are slim.
    No, not slim but impossible.
    Thai courts do not function for anyone, apart for Thai authorities, or Thais – never foreigners.
    Anyone like to give me an example where they did not?

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    Slugger

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    FAO John Landy. Get over it. We’ve moved on.

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Probably well deserved that the dog got killed. Judging by the mistress comment I’m not surprised.

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    James R

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Shoot the dog and the owner.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Perhaps she should curl up to sleep with the loveable misunderstood family pet.that should solve the problem.

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    Cultural Observer

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 2:07 am

    The Chon Buri Pit Bull Club [sic] is helping the dog find a new life. How wonderful. We’ll be reading about this dog again someday.

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    Farang in Canada

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:41 am

    Barry Betts said (above) “My ex [thai girlfriend] took 2 houses off me and emptied my bank account.” I’ve read a lot of stories about that.

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      Steve369.

      Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:34 am

      Par for the course in LOS.

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    soapy

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:41 am

    How do you guys bump into that kind of “ladies”? I never bumped into one during my extensive dating life. Guess I would have to start looking for them in the bars or “soapy places” I never visit.

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    Stardust

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:51 am

    @Slugger we noticed your post and Thaiger and we should put you on the Radar. This shows your mindset sluggers. The tourists in Phuket should inform their embassies for further action and they (embassies) can make traveling warnings if needed too

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    Nicholas Paul KNIGHT

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Why is this DOG, who apparently attacked for no reason NOT PUT DOWEN. If this happens again will teh Chon Buri Pit bull association be responsible .
    Disgrace, why it happened I do not care but an unprovoked attack with the dog still alive is unacceptable.

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    Craig

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:13 am

    It’s true what Barry says. I hate to say that. If you do anyone wrong here, you’ll be fleeced. Farang are a good scapegoat.

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    toby andrews

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Well slugger, who is this John Landy?
    Force yourself. Write three lines in a post for a change.

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    chupapi

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Under different jurisdictions, this menacing woman would be put on trial for concourse in 2nd degree murder… funny though

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    Greg Chapman

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    These dogs are indeed a ticking time bomb, it beggars belief that the dog was not immediately destroyed,
    Failure to do so shows the weird and sick attitude that prevails in Thailand as do the absurd defamation laws referred to. Owners of such dogs are generally the dregs of society, with no regard for the safety of their neighbours.

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    David Wilson

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Pit bulls should be illegal to own. This dog killed its owner. It needs to be put down, plain and simple. If I knew where it was, I would put it down myself. The lady that is defending this dog should be fined. The son saw it happen. He said the dog attacked for no reason. Like mentioned above, pit bulls are ticking time bombs. They can go off at any time!

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Soapy

    True, I have also heard a few stories re farangs losing a house or two, car and whatever else to a Thai woman, I too used to wonder who they had been married too.

    When you look into it it is is almost the same identical stories to the rest, the girl is usually a lot younger than the man, he met her in a bar or such type of place, she of course immediately fell in love with him and after time the house etc was bought, he was then fleeced.

    It mostly seems to happen in Issan as that is where most of the bar-girls come from but what these men do not seem to realise is if the girls can sell their bodies to any Tom, Dick or Harry instead of getting one of the other jobs places like Phuket have to offer then she is not going to think twice about robbing him at a later stage.

    Stay well away and and then you can laugh from a distance.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Barry I can understand your pain my friend. I’m a 72 year old man who has a Thai fiancé who’s 19 now we’ve been together for 2 years but unfortunately I’ve not seen her for one year but we speak everyday. I send her 500£ per month but she says she loves me dearly hopefully I can get to Thailand very soon I miss her dearly.

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    Boris B

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 4:15 am

    Bigsleazypappa you are a dirty old man blindfolded by fake love I’m sorry to tell you this. But she makes you happy that’s all that matters I suppose but be careful my friend look what happened to Barry.

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Boris B, BigSlezyPappa was joking, he must be British as that is a typical style of humour we have.

    He made a very funny comment.

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    Mongo Nelson

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Took thirty minutes to separate the canine from the victim? This is why I keep a 185 lb. crossbow with RamCat heads on carbon composite bolts within 5 seconds of any room in my house. Fluffy would not have been holding on too long, with a properly administered bolt through it’s head. I don’t hunt for sport, but several vicious dogs and one stubborn, very large King Cobra, had to go.

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    Dewdrop

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 9:20 am

    So this pit bull “club” takes a man killing pit and recycles it back into the general populace? For what? So it can maul a child next time?

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