Chantaburi, January 17th 2015 – In one of Thailand’s worst cases of animal cruelty in recent history, a man savagely attacked a neighbour’s pet dog with a knife, stabbing it 11 times until it died. The incident happened at a brewery in the village of 10 Tambol Plubpla Muang Chantaburi, in eastern Thailand. The offender, who has been charged under Article 20 of the Animal Welfare Law, will be tried next month.
Watchdog Thailand, the investigations and suppression unit of Soi Dog Foundation, received calls from the Trad-Chantaburi animal rescue group and Watchdog Thailand’s Chantaburi’s liason team on January 17th2015 alerting them to the incident at the brewery. The offender claimed that he had only tried to stroke the dog, when the dog bit him. He returned to the brewery a few minutes later, and launched the brutal attack. Watchdog Thailand contacted the local police, who subsequently arrested the man.
John Dalley, co-founder and vice president of Soi Dog, Thailand’s leading dog and cat welfare foundation, said “I am almost speechless. How people can commit such terrible attacks on defenseless animals is beyond me. It’s against the law to treat any animal this way. I would call upon the judge to hand down the maximum sentence to this man, if found guilty. This would send out a very strong message that cruelty to animals in general will not be tolerated by the courts”.
The new Animal Welfare Law became effective on 27th December 2014, and forbids any intentional form of cruelty to animals. Article 31 of the Animal Welfare Law states that people found guilty of cruelty to animals can receive a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a 40000 baht fine.
About Soi Dog Foundation: Soi Dog Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, is a legally registered charity in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Our mission statement is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Asia, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to create a society without homeless animals, and to ultimately end animal cruelty. John Dalley, co-founder and vice president, is available for interview.
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