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Thai chef pleads for justice after child kills her cat in New York park



PHOTO: Facebook / Ponzucoolcat

A Thai-born chef, who now lives in New York, has launched a social media campaign calling for justice for her pet cat after the feline was attacked and killed by a child. Suchanan “Rung” Aksornnan says she was walking her cats, Ponzu and Kimchi, along with her dog, Tofu, and parakeet, Mango, in a Brooklyn park, when a boy ran towards her and grabbed Ponzu’s leash with such force that the cat, who suffers with a heart condition, flew into the air before hitting the ground. The boy then proceeded to drag the cat several metres, with the animal later dying of his injuries.

It’s understood Suchanan confronted the boy and his family but received no apology. The child’s family, understood to be Puerto Rican nationals, have defended the boy, saying Suchanan shouldn’t have been walking her cat in a public place. The confrontation became physical, with Suchanan slapped in the face, strangled, and kicked, according to the Coconuts report. Her boyfriend’s nose was also broken before passers-by came to their rescue.

Police have now arrested a 42 year old woman named as Evelyn Serrano, who has been charged with assault. Suchanan says she too has visited the police station to provide additional information and the Thai consulate has been in touch to offer assistance. Meanwhile, news of the cat’s death has gone viral on social media, with #justiceforponzo trending on Instagram, where Ponzu had over 38,000 followers.

Suchanan owns an Asian-fusion restaurant in Brooklyn. She was born in Chiang Mai and moved to the US with her family at the age of 15.

SOURCE: Coconuts


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  1. toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:37 am

    She will receive justice in New York, which will surprise her being used to Thailand justice, rare, and unreliable.
    She could also sue the assailants for a million dollars and might even win!
    Good old USA.

  2. We owe the little animals a better life!

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Being from America, times have changed. No longer safe or healthy anywhere in the USA. I can only suggest that you avoid major cities, move from New York and seek safer surroundings. People are still good but finding the places that these people (safe, policed, logical) is getting harder to find. I suggest a small town somewhere off the radical protest beat.
    Do not expect much justice for your lovely cat, as many hearts have turned to ice, be thankful it was not a child as this hate knows nothing of compassion or sympathy for anyone or anything, worst of all it is spreading faster than the covid virus. Very sorry for you loss, very beautiful animal, which you gave a dream life too. Always some jerk doing something stupid to cause pain. Why?

  3. toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    And they have a better chance of justice, it is very near being a BLACK cat.

  4. toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I like Texas best.
    Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam. Buffalo roam???

  5. Slugger

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Good old USA? The entire shabby article is about the USA and its racism. No-one and nothing is safe in the USA, particularly from the Police.

  6. Dreqo

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Lol, “Puerto Rican.” Yeah sure they weren’t. This is just more violence towards Asians in the US, by the demographic which can not be named.

  7. Das

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Strangled?! I think you mean throttled as she wasn’t killed.

  8. Comicus

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:12 am

    No surprises, really. Declining country such USA that had never fully civilised but always try to act like one.

  9. Toby Andrews

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    @Slugger – I guess you are black, right?

  10. Muang

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:25 am

    @Dreqo, another dirty farang spreading racial hatred, not content with your dirty hate filled country, you have to export racial hate outside of it? Pathetic low life!

  11. James Pate

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Puerto Rico is not a nation. Therefore, there are no Puerto Rican nationals. They are US citizens. Chef’s been in NY since she was 15, barely Thai anymore. Who walks cats on leashes accompanied by a bird, in Brooklyn (or anywhere else, for that matter), anyway? Brooklyn is not Manhattan. She should have known better.

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